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Science and Engineering Magnet Program

An earthquake just occurred and people in that area are in need of critical information. A phone app using the USANotify API in order to send out voice, email, SMS and MMS based notifications to a collection of multiple contact lists with ease and simplicity was recently developed to assist individuals in such situations. This technology wasn’t developed in the halls of a renowned university, it was crafted by students at Manalapan High School. Two students in the Science and Engineering Magnet Program created this app, which can be used by medical offices, local municipalities, and disaster relief organizations, while participating in a Supervised Learning Experience (SLE) at PEC Telecom.  

This project was just one of the amazing innovations created by students in the Freehold Regional High School District’s Science and Engineering (S&E) Magnet Program.  

The S&E Magnet Program, housed at Manalapan High School, offers a four-year program of interdisciplinary studies for students interested in pursuing careers in mathematics, engineering, or the physical sciences. Students in this program undertake an accelerated program in mathematics, science, computer science, and electronics. In conjunction with specialized studies, students receive a comprehensive education in the humanities.   

Opportunities abound for students in this program, including the chance to interact with industry representatives and institutions of higher learning to learn research methods, view current applications, and explore career opportunities. These field experiences are coordinated with personal counseling which is designed to assist students in postsecondary plans. In the past few years, S&E students interned at companies such as Commvault, Festo Didactic, AT&T, Nokia-Bell Labs, Ocean First Bank, and PEC Telecom Solutions. Meaningful partnerships with these types of organizations provide S&E students with an outstanding opportunity. It was during the partnership with PEC Telecom Solutions that the students mentioned earlier made use of PEC Telecom’s USANotify API to directly connect to PEC Telecom’s USANotify platform. 

Each year, S&E students are successful in several STEM-related competitions. Recent success stories include first place at Lockheed Martin's Codequest (Novice Division), first place at Stuyvesant High School's Stuyhacks, first and third place at SeaPerch, first through fourth place at Monmouth County's Chemistry Olympiad, multiple honors at the American Association of Physics Teachers Physics Bowl (ranking first in New Jersey, seventh nationally, and eighteenth internationally), fourth in the picoCTF Computer Security Competition, to name a few. 

Students in the S&E Magnet Program are well prepared to continue their education beyond high school. S&E students are regularly admitted to prestigious colleges and universities such as Harvard, Princeton, Stanford, Columbia, MIT, Cornell, Cooper Union, Brown, University of Pennsylvania, California Institute of Technology, University of California - Berkeley, and many others. After graduation, our former students have gone on to become professors at Princeton, Yale, Ecole Polytechnique, Federale de Lausanne, and The Cooper Union. Likewise, our alumni work at prestigious companies such as Google (16 alumni currently employed), Lockheed-Martin, Boeing, Goldman-Sachs, Microsoft, Lucent, Princeton Plasma Lab, and AT&T. 

Students who dream of pursuing a career in a STEM-related field will receive an excellent foundation through the Science and Engineering Magnet Program.