Collegiate School Student Advances to Bright Ideas STEM Competition Finals

(Bradenton, Fla., Feb. 16, 2016) – State College of Florida Collegiate School (SCFCS) students competed in Bright House Networks’ Bright Ideas STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) From Today’s Youth award ceremony on Tuesday, Jan. 19, in Tampa. The multi-state competition challenges high school students to create inventions that will make an impact on their life, community or the world and show how STEM can bring the idea to fruition. SCFCS student Xavier Almeyda won the regional competition and advances to the finals in March. He was joined by five other SCFCS students in the regional competition. 

“Xavier will now go on to compete in the National Bright Ideas finals against five other students selected from across the country,” said Deane Western, SCFCS instructor. At the finals, to be held the first week of March in Orlando at the Dr. Phillips Performing Arts Center's Alexis and Jim Pugh Theater, Xavier will present his idea “Aisle Find It” in an attempt to win a contract with a global innovation and strategy design firm to bring his idea to market. “Aisle Find It” is an application designed to make grocery shopping easier at most grocers in the country. Finalists will have no more than six minutes to pitch their ideas to a panel of experts selected by Bright House Networks. The event will be held in front of a studio audience to be televised on TV. 

“I would like to congratulate all of our students,” Western said. “All are winners in their own right and were truly amazing. The judges heaped praise for their professionalism, research, presentation skills and more.” Comments from the judges included: “incredible presentation skills,” “excellent closing skills,” “you have obviously done tons of research,” “you’ve hit on an idea most people never even think about,” “great public speaker … you could do this for a living,” and “you’ve hit on one of the top crises in our country.”

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