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For Immediate Release
October 21, 2015

Local Students Show Well in
Future Innovators of the Next Generation
Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math


UBMS Students

Students from Moreno Valley College's Upward Bound Math and Science (UBMS) program took first and second, respectively in the Future Innovators of the Next Generation Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM) Competition last Saturday (October 17) at Valley View High School.

The competition was hosted by STEPS Ahead, Inc. in partnership with US Bank, Pacific Western Bank, Edison International, Epson, Moreno Valley and Perris Union unified school districts and the Boys & Girls Club of Perris.

The purpose of the competition was to allow high school and middle school students the opportunity to compete on scientific group experiments being judged by STEM industry professionals, said Micki Poole Clowney, director, Upward Bound Math & Science.

The team of - Quyen Vu (senior); Giovanni Lopez (junior), David Del Cid Sagastume (sophomore) and Balraj Basra (freshman) - won first place in the robotics category for its project entitled: The Autonomous Rover. Their advisor is current Moreno Valley College student Abraham Cifuentes, who tutors UBMS students and is a graduate of Vista del Lago High School. Another team - all freshmen at Vista del Lago High School - took second in the physics division with their entry entitled: Tubular Transportation. The team - Lucas Ton, Andrew Sanchez, Justin Hall and Alexander Johnson - was led by UBMS alum and current MVC student Gabriel DeLeon.

UBMS Students

The teams, who took home cash prizes ranging from $1,500 for first place to $1,000 for second place, will begin prepping for the district science fair and the regional SeaPerch competition. The teams will also be honored at honored at upcoming board meetings for Moreno Valley Unified School District and Riverside Community College District.

"These types of opportunities for students to compete are really a great way to encourage students to apply their understanding of scientific principles and the engineering design process," Poole Clowney said. "Additionally, it really helps students to learn how to think outside the box and work with others. Those skills will be critical as students prepare for college and entering the workforce."