Students take STEM Challenge
MILTON - More than 100 students built a moving model using up to 1,400 K'Nex parts in two hours or less during an inaugural contest in March hosted by Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit.
Teams of students from fourth through eighth grade competed in the K'Nex STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) design challenges.
K'Nex vehicles had to travel at least four feet and overcome an obstacle. After the two-hour competition, each team of students gave a presentation about their vehicle.
Prior to the competition, teams submitted a blueprint for the project and wrote a short narrative about how they believe the vehicle will overcome the obstacle.
Engineers from Metso Minerals, Danville, and Thermal Product Solutions, New Columbia, judged the teams' vehicles and blueprints. They also scored the essays and presentations, and allotted points for creativity and teamwork.
First- and second-place winners from each division advanced to the state competition in May at Harrisburg University of Science and Technology.
CSIU is one of 20 intermediate units hosting the K'Nex challenge, funded by Thermo Fisher Scientific, Waltham, Mass.
Central Columbia School District placed first and Midd-West School district in the fourth and fifth grades division. Two teams from Southern Columbia Area School District placed first and second in the sixth through eighth grades division.
Mikaela Brouse, Kayla Hauer, Erick Shufeldt and Nate Hicks made up the first place team. Finishing second was the team of Carly Britch, Meredith Fahringer, Victoria Romania and Connor McKinley. Victoria Kozlek was the adviser for both teams.