North Miami Beach – Scheck Hillel Community School Grade 10 Students Jaime Burstyn, Samuel Levy and Elliot Shiro won first place in the 4th Annual CIJE (Center for Initiatives in Jewish Education) Young Engineers Conference 2018 in South Florida, for their invention of a smart intersection device that makes a 4-way stop more safe and efficient.
“Today we represented a community of five Jewish high schools all united by our commitment to, a passion for and investment in the power of infusing Jewish education with STEM education. The result is our vibrant, rising generation of innovators, leaders, global citizens, and dreamers...all guided by Jewish identity and values,” said Dr. Ezra Levy, Scheck Hillel Community School's Head of School. “Congratulations to Jaime, Samuel, Elliot and their teacher, Michelle Murray, for this incredible accomplishment.”
Scheck Hillel hosted this year’s event, in which students from five different South Florida Jewish high schools presented their original STEM capstone projects and had the opportunity to interact with other students by sharing their project experiences.
Second place was awarded to Katz Yeshiva High School’s traffic light intersection device that calculates the speed in which cars should go to make traffic more efficient; and third place was awarded to David Posnack Jewish Day School’s robot injector, which helps people with injection anxiety.
"On behalf of the more than 200 schools that are in CIJE's programs nationally, we are so happy to be here today," said Jason Cury, CIJE's president and founder. According to him, CIJE was created to give students the opportunity to think outside the box and show them how you can accomplish different things by using critical thinking skills.