MIDDLESEX COUNTY — More than 100 students competed in the annual Middlesex County Vocational and Technical Schools Career Tech Expo, celebrating Career and Technical Education Month.
All seven MCVTS schools were involved, with trophies awarded to the first-, second- and third-place teams at each school. The presentations were graded by MCVTS administrators and guest judges.
The students, in teams of two to four members, were challenged to make a presentation on an innovation in their particular areas of study. Subjects ranged from “How to Bake French Macarons” and “Quantum Computing” to “Osteoarthritis Gel Pads” and “3-D Printing.”
“All the students represented their career majors with innovative projects and outstanding presentations,” said Dr. Todd Bonsall, MCVTS director of career and technical education. “The judges were very impressed with their confidence and professionalism.”
The first-place awards went to: School of Career Development, East Brunswick, heating, ventilation and air conditioning students Manny Pacheco and Richard Crawford, “Solar Energy”; East Brunswick Vo-Tech, School of Performing Arts dance students, “The Physics of Dance”; Academy for Science, Mathematics and Engineering Technology, Edison, Himakeerth Tammineedi and Meenal Kumar, “Data Storage in DNA”; Perth Amboy Vo-Tech, culinary arts students Diego Alves and Bianca Mendez, “The Anti-Griddle”; School of Career Development, Piscataway, supermarket careers students Stephen Toth, John Toto, Krystina Roberts and Rahni Trager, “History of the Cash Register”; Piscataway Vo-Tech, computer applications for business students Amy Belliard, Verenice Gonzalez, Lizbeth Romo and Preet Pinghlia, “Windows 8”; Academy for Allied Health and Biomedical Sciences, Woodbridge, Aditi Kamat, Megan Patel, Anjali Patel and Valeriya Timoshenko, “G2 Monitor.”
The Middlesex County Vocational and Technical School District, the first vocational school district in the nation, has seven schools on five campuses, in East Brunswick, Edison, Piscataway, Perth Amboy and Woodbridge.