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TABC Holds Inaugural STEM Chanukah Competition

Two weeks before Chanukah, TABC juniors and seniors were challenged with building a creative menorah using 3D printing, electronics and coding. (No real fire allowed!) Several students rose to the challenge, designing and building their own interpretations of the essential aspects of the menorah. On the eighth day of Chanukah, five students presented their final products to a panel of judges consisting of Aryeh Tiefenbrunn, director of STEM, Rabbi Shaya First, science teacher, Rabbi Jake Berman, limudei kodesh and Mrs. Audi Hecht, dean of Academics. The menorahs were all unbelievably impressive, but ultimately the grand prize went to junior Avi Rosenberg for his incredible golden menorah that has so many features, he had to write a user manual! Rosenberg’s menorah plays music, as well as audio of the brachot being recited, and also features a game that can be played on its LCD screen. Other projects included an arcade game where one can “light” the menorah by pointing a laser at the candles, a menorah with an LED shamash capable of “lighting” the candles using a magnet and magnetic field sensors, and more! Each and every one of the projects was so impressive that the judges had a very tough time deciding on one winner. The menorahs are now being proudly displayed in the window of the TABC Makerspace, attesting to the school’s ruach-filled Chanukah, and to the ingenuity of its students.

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