Science, Technology, Engineering
and Mathematics (STEM)
Welcome to STEM!
Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics
and their connections in grades 6-12
STEM disciplines in the secondary schools offer students exciting opportunities through the International Baccalaureate programs, departmental programs of study, the science/engineering research program, and facilities such as the TV Production Studio. We hope that all students explore the many available options to expand their interests in the STEM fields and to be better prepared for college, career and beyond!
|Deborah Lovrich, Ph.D.
Director of STEM 6-12
P (516) 771-3960
F (516) 771-3961
Long Beach Middle School students ready to compete in the Long Island Science Congress. Good luck everyone!
At the New York State Science and Engineering Fair, Vinny Pagano (on the
right) received 1st Place in Mathematics and the ASU Walton
Sustainability Solutions Award for his project entitled, Restoring Wild
Oyster Reefs: Optimization of Population Sustainability through
Mathematical Modeling of Fertilization Dynamics.
Jaylyn Umana (center) received 2nd Place in Physics and Astronomy as
well as the Yale Science and Engineering Association Most Outstanding
Exhibit in Computer Science, Physics, Engineering, or Chemistry for his
project entitled, Single Crystal Synthesis, Structure and Magnetic
Properties of CrAl3Bi4O9, the Frist Cr-Al-Bi-O Compound. Jaylyn also
placed 2nd in the Physical Science category at the Science and
Technology Entry Program Statewide Conference in Albany.
Both Vinny and Jaylyn will attend ISEF in Pittsburgh in May.
Congratulations and good luck to Vinny, Jaylyn, and science research
teacher Mr. Onufrock (on the left)!
Congratulations to Lauren Bulik and Emily McDonnell who were awarded
third place in Earth/Environmental for their project, Micro-plastic
Contamination in Western Bays of Long Island at the New York State
Science and Engineering Fair.
Congratulations to Joshua Kapilian, who placed third in Systems Science
and received the Intel Excellence in Computer Science Award for his
project, Creating a User-Friendly Interface for the Model of United
States Airspace Control at the New York State Science and Engineering
At the 2018 Long Island Natural History Conference at Brookhaven
National Laboratory on March 23, Vinny Pagano presented his project
entitled Restoring Wild Oyster Reefs: Optimization of Population
Sustainability through Mathematical Modeling of Fertilization Dynamics
and Emily McDonnell presented a project entitled, Micro-plastic
Contamination in Western Bays of Long Island. Dr. James Browne, of the
Town of Hempstead Department of Conservation and Waterways, discussed
Long Beach High School student research.
About 130 students sat for the Math League Contest, which are
grade-level contests that consist of 35 multiple-choice questions to be
completed in 30 minutes. About 80 of the students placed at a
commendable level (14 correct) and higher.
The following students were winners of the grade 8 American Mathematics Competition:
Rio Arengo won gold (top 1% nationally); Brady Romano, Aaron Conte, and
Zachary Kramer won silver; and Samantha Feingold and Brendan Hellman won
bronze. Principal Mr. Romanelli and STEM Director Dr. Lovrich
congratulated the students.
The 2018 annual Science Symposium in the Middle School
Dr. Ido Davidesco of New York University demonstrates brain waves during social interactions seen in the classroom.
Oysters in the Long Beach High School tidal pond! In collaboration with
the Town of Hempstead Dept. of Waterways and Conservation, science
research students will monitor the oyster development and species
recruitment to the reef of this once plentiful species. Students made
the shell bags for the oyster reef foundation on Earth Day of 2016.
According to science research teacher Mr. Onufrock, oysters increase
water clarity, attract biodiversity, sequester carbon, and act as hard
barriers that absorb wave energy thereby preventing marsh erosion.
Columbia University has selected Alyscia Batista and Joshua Kapilian to
participate in their Science Honors Program. Congratulations!
At the second annual Tech Expo and Car Show on Saturday, May 20,
students displayed benches constructed in woodshop, MakerBot objects,
and a re-built 1947 Ford hot rod truck. Visitors were able to view the
shops in the high school.
At LIU Post’s Video Festival on April 28, Scott Powers won for best
documentary and Sean Reilly, James O'Connor and Logan Kohn won for best
At the Long Island Math Fair on April 28 at Hofstra University, 10th
grader Joshua Kapilian and 8th grader Uma Arengo earned gold medals and
8th grader Maya Arengo, a bronze medal. Great work!
At the Molloy College Science Fair, Joshua Kapilian won bronze for his project, Creating a More Robust and Efficient Model of United States Airspace Control. Lauren Bulik and Emily McDonnell also won bronze for their project,
Analyzing, Collecting and Studying Microplastics in Reynolds Channel. Congratulations to Josh, Lauren, Emily and Mr. Onufrock, their science research teacher!
Congratulations to the top students on the American Mathematics
Competitions for grades 10 and 12! Joshua Kapilian was the highest
scorer for the Long Beach High School’s AMC 10, and Eric Ricci was the
LBHS highest scorer for AMC 12. Both students are pictured with Math
Club advisor, Mr. Prince.
At the Locust Valley Film Festival, the Long Beach TV Studio Production
students submitted 30 films. Out of the 300 submitted in total, 60 were
chosen as finalists that played during the festival. Our students had 9
of the 60 finalists!
Our finalists were:
- Face Your Fears (Drama) by Shaena Sennett
- Running On Empty (Drama) by Shaena Sennett
- Pay It Forward (PSA) by Lea Jaffe, Carly Siegel, Jeannie Ripley-Grier
- The End (PSA) by Zach Farrell, Hanna Kagansky
- A Way Out (PSA) by Logan Kohn
- Spooky House (Comedy) by Sean Reilly, James O'Connor
- Work is Hell 2 (Comedy) by Sean Reilly, James O'Connor
Finalists and Award Winners were:
- Kick Me Over (2nd place - Music Video) by Max Scelfo, Scott Powers, Gavin Byrne, Katie Whelan
- Invisible (1st place - Trailer) by Melody Moy
At the local Science and Engineering Fairs, Vinny Pagano won a NYSSEF
first place award in the Mathematics category, a LISEF Honorable Mention
in Mathematics, and the Mu Alpha Theta math awards (at both fairs!) for
his project, Comparison of Multivariate and Lagrangian Interpolation.
At LISEF, Lauren Bulik and Emily McDonnell won third place in the Earth
and Environmental Science category and the Stockholm Junior Water Prize
for their project, Analyzing, Collecting and Studying Microplastics in
Reynolds Channel. Congratulations to the students and science research
teacher Mr. Onufrock!
Savannah Kile and Leah Shokrian were the first to publish a partial DNA sequence for the parasite Pleurogonius malaclemys in the National Center for Biotechnology Information’s international database, GenBank. With the help of Long Beach High School science research teacher Mr. Cody Onufrock, Savannah and Leah worked with the Barcode Long Island program at the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory’s DNA Learning Center and Hofstra University.
In the Nassau County Drug Awareness PSA Contest, Television Studio and
Production Student Melody Moy won second-place and received a Fitbit
watch and $100 prize. Congratulations Melody (pictured at the Locust
Valley Film Festival)!
Congratulations to the Long Beach Middle School students who performed
at a distinguished level of achievement on the national American
Mathematics Competition (Grade 8)! From left to right in the photo
below, they are 6th grader Brady Romano (2nd place in school), 8th
grader Uma Arengo (1st place in school; Top 5% in the nation), 6th
grader Alexandra Wiesendanger (2nd place in school), and 8th grader Maya
Arengo (3rd place in school).
Long Beach Middle School eighth-graders Maya Arengo and Uma Arengo were
acknowledged at the December 8 Board of Education meeting for being two
of the 86 students selected as Long Island Young Scholars of
Mathematics. More than 600 students had applied to attend the Institute
of Creative Problem Solving for Gifted and Talented Students at SUNY
College at Old Westbury. Congratulations Maya and Uma!
Long Beach Middle School students worked diligently on novel and
challenging math problems during the American Mathematics Competition
(AMC 8), an event designed to cultivate our next generation of
mathematicians. On Nov. 15, all students were invited to come after
school to compete for 40 minutes. In 2015, about 150,000 students
participated in this competition internationally.