Tech Valley High sophomore flying high thanks to STEM

January 26, 2018 06:13 PM

A Tech Valley High School sophomore is getting some national attention after winning a contest run by Texas Instruments. It's all connected to a former NFL football player.

John Urschel played for the Baltimore Ravens for three years, but his math skills are even more impressive. He's working on a PhD from MIT, but also helped run a contest for Texas Instruments.


He challenged students and teachers to submit pictures showing how STEM inspires them. That’s where Alex Livingston comes in.

"I posted a picture of me next to a powered aircraft from the Civil Air Patrol," explained Alex.

He won! The prizes included a $500 gift card, a fancy calculator and a trip to Dallas, Texas to help create an activity related to STEM.

"The activity was to get kids into math and science, but also show how they can apply that to their careers," explained Alex.

While in Texas, Alex also got to meet a veteran Southwest Airlines pilot who showed him around a plane. It’s pretty cool for someone who wants to be a pilot himself.

He's already flown a glider solo -- something his mother, Maribeth Livingston, witnessed.

"It was nerve-wracking at first watching my oldest up in the air, but I was happy to see him safely land," she admitted. "But very proud of him really."

Alex says this wouldn't be possible without the encouragement he gets at Tech Valley.

"My experience at the high school has been, it sounds a little overdramatic, but I guess life-changing," he explained.

We're sure he'll keep flying.


WNYT Staff

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