Christopher Columbus High School

A Catholic School for Young Men in the Marist Tradition since 1958

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STEM Club Members Win 1st Place at Global Innovation Summit

Members of the Columbus STEM Club became First Place Winners at the prestigious Conrad Innovation Challenge, an innovation and entrepreneurial competition which aims to develop extraordinary and viable solutions to benefit our world.  

Jesus Capo, David Perez, Chris Perez, Alex Cordero, and Hans Rueckschnat
 are the brilliant students that, as Team TIER, competed against high school teams from around the world at the Kennedy Space Center and brought home first place in the Cybertechnology and Security Category for their innovative product - the Mini BlackBox (a rugged casing for high performance computers, supercomputers and servers which implements a modular design).
The team won the competition through a multi-phase process:
  • They became semifinalists when their video submission won from over 600 students globally.
  • Their excellent business plan (ranked 1st in the competition) advanced them to Finalists.
  • The 6-minute Power Pitch given by Hans Rueckschnat and Alexander Cordero clinched their win out of 40 teams, many from different parts of the world including China, Australia, and India. TIER shocked the judges and the audience by making their presentation with the working prototype of theMini BlackBox on the stage (something that no other team in the category had done).
All of the team members were also named "Pete Conrad Scholars," the highest honor possible in the competition, and were awarded with a gold medal.  We congratulate these outstanding students on this huge accomplishment.  Special thanks to Mrs. Sanchez, Dr. Mederos, Mr. Corazon, Mr. Diaz, and Mr. Oses for helping Team TIER achieve this incredible feat! 
Christopher Columbus High School | 3000 SW 87 Avenue | Miami, FL 33165 | (305) 223-5650
Christopher Columbus High School is a private, Roman Catholic, college-preparatory high school, conducted by the Marist Brothers of the Schools. We aim to make Jesus Christ known and loved, as we prepare young men for higher education and for their continuous challenge of harmonizing faith, culture and life. We foster a family spirit among all who are committed to the success of the school and promote opportunities to work together as a community of learners. 

Columbus is fully accredited by AdvancEd and a member of the National Catholic Educational Association.