Isabella Siu

Recently graduated from the Summer Academy of Mathematics and Science (SAMS) at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, twelfth grader Isabella Siu is ready to continue her studies in engineering at Riviera Prep.

SAMS is a rigorous six-week residential experience designed to increase the number of outstanding students from diverse backgrounds who pursue an education in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) disciplines at the nation's top colleges and universities. Rising high school seniors across the U.S. apply to this highly competitive program, providing students with hands-on and challenging projects in math, science, and computer programming courses. Isabella's project focused on building a pinball machine from the ground up. The project consisted of a design phase using CAD software, and a building phase that was both mechanical and electrical in nature. Her focus on this project was on the implementation and functionality of the pop bumper and electromagnet features on the machine. 

If admitted, a SAMS student is given a full scholarship to attend, leading to a competitive applicant pool. This year's SAMS program received 1600 applications to fill its 115 openings.

Isabella has been a Riviera student since preschool, and we have seen her grow into an exemplary student we are proud of. Congratulations to Isabella on her accomplishments and fantastic summer experience!