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Scheck Hillel Students Earn First Prize in National Engineering Competition

Congratulations to Grade 10 Engineering & Entrepreneurship Honors students Maya Lev-Tov, Pola Levy and Jaime Mizrahi for winning FIRST PLACE in the 2021 Center for Initiatives in Jewish Education (CIJE) Innovation Day-Commercial Products Category! Seven additional teams of Scheck Hillel Engineering Honors students were named Finalists in other categories. Mazel tov to our students, their parents and our Design/STEM faculty: Scheck Hillel alumnae Sabrina Ferster '00, Erica Farago and department chair Elana Lazar '98.
This prestigious engineering contest took the virtual stage this year, with 350 projects presented from 47 private schools from across the country. "Winning first place is a tremendous accomplishment, and I am so proud of you all," Mrs. Ferster wrote to her students.


Of 14 projects submitted by Scheck Hillel students, seven were named finalists. Three Grade 9 students from Upper School teacher Erica Farago's Engineering Honors class - Tali Lancewicki, Jeremy Schonfeld and Yael Weitzman - were awarded Best in School for their SinkSensor project.  

Please scroll down to view the full list of finalists.

Commercial Products (Grade 10 Engineering & Entrepreneurship Honors - Ms. Ferster)
First Place - ShopRight*: Maya LevTov, Pola Levy, Jaime Mizrahi
Finalist - Sports Locker: Ilan Brejt, Noah Levine 
Finalist - Car Vent: Jonathan Lev-Tov, Moises Jamri, Abraham Klainbaum 
Finalist - Side Light: Maya Arnold, Jamie Kurzer 

Consumer Products (Grade 9 Engineering Honors - Ms. Farago)
Finalist - SinkSensor: Jeremy Schonfeld, Tali Lancewicki, Yael Weitzman
Finalist -  Nighty Light: Eva Gelb, Zohara Schrager, Ariella Bitton 
Finalist - Sheket: Noah Riven, Gabriel Roitburd, Ari Lisker 
Healthcare & Safety Products (Grade 9 Engineering Honors - Ms. Farago)
Finalist - SchockBand: Naomi Fischbach, Sophia Cohen, Lielle Daniel

Best in School (Grade 9 Engineering Honors - Ms. Farago)
SinkSensor - Jeremy Schonfeld, Tali Lancewicki, Yael Weitzman

*The students' winning submission is ShopRite, "...a shopping cart enhancement designed to help vendors and consumers prevent loss of product and money. Many cashiers neglect the bottom shelf of a shopping cart and forget to ring up pricey items. Many shoppers also forget to load bottom-shelf cart items into their vehicle after shopping. ShopRight solves both of these problems by lighting a red LED near the handlebar of the cart whenever a product is detected on the bottom shelf. This LED would be easy to see for both the cashier and shopper. The LED would turn off when the products are removed from the cart and loaded into the car. This simple innovation attaches to an existing cart via velcro and offers an easy and affordable solution for any commercial retailer."