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Two district students were invited by the United States Department of Education to present during the first annual National STEM Festival in Washington, D.C., from April 11-13. The festival, which was presented in partnership with EXPLR, celebrated student achievements in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

Floral Park Memorial High School student Apollo Casino and New Hyde Park Memorial High School student Fred Han were among 150 top student innovators from across the country to present their innovative STEM projects to the public, senior government and business leaders. Casino and Han were invited in recognition of their participation in the NASA TechRise Student Challenge last year. Teacher Jack Chen, who leads the Pre-Engineering program at the district’s Career and Technical Education program, accompanied them to the festival.

Festival participants also met with representatives from numerous Federal Agencies regarding a wide choice of exciting STEM career paths. Participating agencies and organizations included the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, NASA, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the U.S. Department of Defense and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, among others.

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