Innovation in Action
Innovation in Action
Posted on 03/26/2021
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Ridgewood Invention Teams Advance as Finalists in the 2021 STEAM Tank Challenge

Ridgewood, NJ – The Applied Engineering Club at Ridgewood High School submitted eight team entries to the New Jersey STEAM Tank Invention Competition this year, and all of the teams have been designated as regional finalists. The five teams who were named finalists in last year’s regional competition will also be advancing the next round of the competition, as it was canceled last year due to the pandemic. Regional finalists will present their virtual pitch presentation in March, April and May, and the winners will be announced during the NJEA Convention next year.

In its second year, the Applied Engineering Club has quickly gained momentum and generated significant student interest. Of the eighty-one students who have actively participated in the club this year, 60 members are participating in the STEAM Tank Challenge, which is a testament to their interest in innovation given the challenges of working in a remote environment.

“The club has been so resourceful this pandemic year looking for opportunities and sharing their collective knowledge and resources to support each other," said RHS teacher John Wohner.

The STEAM Tank Challenge was created and sponsored by The New Jersey School Boards Association and the United States Army to encourage innovation and inspire creativity in New Jersey’s public school students. This competition gives students the opportunity to identify a real-world problem and apply science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) to develop a solution. Special awards are presented for Innovative Use of Technology, Entrepreneurship Subject Matter Expert Collaboration, Creativity and the Exemplar Integration of the Arts, Societal, Social and Emotional Impact, Improvement to the Human Built Environment, and Sustainability.

All of the team project videos can be viewed on the Super Science Saturday website during the month of March. Visit

The finalists (2020 and 2021) and their projects are listed below.




2021 Finalists

Blaze Blocking Blanket

Invention of an improved fire blanket extinguisher.

Neil Edara, Jack Warren, Shane Strickland, Devyn Siversen

Induced Cooling Embrace

Invention to help reduce blood loss in trauma patients.

Hailey Haglid, Nicholas Peruyero, Zakariya Benmoussa, Kevin Park


Invention to help with senior loneliness and depression.

Samriddhi Chowdhury,J oelle Yoon, Joonho Oh, Andrew Chang

Cool Paws

Invention to protect dog paws from hot pavement burns.

Jacqueline Meskill, Daniella Comisi, Maya Dowman


An invention to provide clean water for washing.

Ian Lah, Justin Wang, Alexander Khalitov, Samuel Eppley


An invention to provide water filtration directly to a faucet

Sanjna Rajagopalan, Yeryeong Kim, Gianna Sheehy, Sam Khoury, Anthony Alters

Foldable desk shelf

An invention to provide a portable organization shelving system.

Aidan Yu, Jaywu Jun, Aoife Kane, David Song

Garden Salt Spreader

An invention to make driveways safe from ice

Stephen Chen, Brian Kim, Thomas Kim

2020 Finalists

Inhale Rite

An invention to improve inhaler use

Alex Cho, Alex Jerdee, Skyler Snow, Shrestha Hari, Michael Alters

Solar Aqua Tech

An invention that sanitizes water on demand

Matthew de Meulder, Patrick de Meulder, Elliot Ewell, Hailey Haglid, Ashli Hamilton, David Mo, Theodore Stephens, Carina Trama, Emily Truszkowski, Clare Walicki, and Xun Zhang

Community Food Rescue

An improvement to food distribution

Joe Peruyero, Kai Sarma, Jason Ju, Ivan Stadnik, Sam Ham

Angled Bike Rack

An improved bicycle cargo holder

Stephen Chen, Aidan Yu, Brian Kim

Solar Powered Pet Alert System

An invention to keep pets safe in vehicles

Andrew Chang, Simon Chen, Aum Mundhe