ORISKANY TOP HONORS — An all-female team from Oriskany High School took top honors in the inaugural Central New York Innovative Challenge held at Le Moyne College in Syracuse Saturday.(Photo submitted)

All-girl team from Oriskany captures STEM challenge in Syracuse

Published Apr 16, 2017 at 9:00am

ORISKANY — An all-female team from Oriskany High School took first place in the inaugural Central New York Innovation Challenge in Syracuse last weekend.

Organizers said the feat is unusual because of the gender gap in science technology engineering math education paths and in the technology industry.

“It is a major initiative at AT&T to bridge the gender gap in the tech industry and is leading the way by offering STEM education programs for younger girls to encourage them to enter the growing tech and innovation sector,” said Benjamin Roberts, AT&Y public affairs director.

More than 60 students in grades six to 12 pitched their solutions to solving issues impacting their lives in front of a panel of judges to win cash prizes.

The Oriskany contingent — 10th graders Jenna Schlick, Courtney Donohue, Jasmine Wilson and Jennifer Hall — received $1,000 for its Dog Recycling Center project.

The program at LeMoyne College was designed to encourage STEM education, promote innovation and entrepreneurship and interest students in STEM focused career and educational paths.