New Jersey students’ recycling app wins STEAM Tank competition

Two 10-year-olds from Ocean City, New Jersey, design app to help classmates learn what to recycle.

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November 10, 2017
Recycling Today Staff
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Two Ocean City, New Jersey, fifth-graders from Ocean City Intermediate School won first place in the STEAM Tank competition.

The statewide STEAM Tank Challenge is created and sponsored by the New Jersey School Boards Association (NJSBA) and the U.S. Army to encourage New Jersey’s public school students in science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM). The STEAM Tank Challenge is in its second year.

According to an article on the Press of Atlantic City website, 10-year-olds Daphne Brozyna and Isabella Kenny designed the app to mimic Minecraft. Players use recyclables to build structures, helping students learn what can and can’t be recycled.

Kenny and Broznya’s app was one of 193 entries in this year’s challenge, according to the article.

Bozyna told Press of Atlantic City that a teacher who stands by the trash and recycling bins at lunch and reminds students of what can be recycled inspired the app.

The girls developed the app as part of their school’s OC Life 21 Club with the direction of Maureen Baldini, a computer science teacher. The teacher says the girls developed and designed the app themselves and that Cape May County Utilities Authority is interested in it.

Broznya and Kenny received $2,500 as part of their prize, the Press of Atlantic City reports.