Class Notes

Jun. 23, 2014 @ 09:45 AM

Free summer meals available

Free summer meals are available to any child or teenager 18 and under at safe locations around the state. Many meal sites also offer learning and recreational activities.

Summer meals programs are funded by the USDA, require no ID or registration, and can help families save money.

To find a site near you, text FOODNC to 877-877, or visit www.whyhunger.org/findfood, or call toll-free 1-866-3HUNGRY (1-866-348-6479) or 1-877-8HAMBRE (1-877-842-6273).

NCSSM student finalist in BioGENEius Challenge

Daniel Ben, a N.C. School of Science and Mathematics student, was recently named one of the 15 finalists for The BioGENEius Challenge.

Ben will compete in the International BioGENEius challenge in San Diego this week where he will compete for a first place cash prize of $7,500.

Organized by the Biotechnology Institute, The BioGENEius Challenge is the premier competition for high school students – from across the world – that recognizes outstanding research in biotechnology.

The Challenge provides young STEM innovators and entrepreneurs a venue to showcase their research, in addition to helping them build a long-term support system for converting their dreams into reality.

NCSSM students honored for creating app

At a reception Monday evening on N.C. State University’s campus, U.S. Rep. David Price, D-4th, recognized high school student finalists and the winner of the first Congressional Science, Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) Competition House App Challenge.

Saurin Kantesaria and teammates Tian-Shun Jiang, Sammy Lou and Jenny Wang from the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics won for their app, Puzzlebot, an innovative, challenge-response test that helps determine whether a website user is human. The app would replace difficult-to-use CAPTCHA tests with color-coded matching puzzle that is simple for human users and theoretically impossible for computer generated “bots” to bypass. The NCSSM team, along with two other teams of finalists, gave video and oral presentations of app mock-ups focused on how their app would change people’s lives to a panel of judges who work in STEM fields.

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