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District Hosts 2nd Annual STEM Competition

On Thursday, March 9 our district hosted the second annual STEM Competition. Students from 11 schools participated in three events.

  1. Carboard Expo - Participating schools entered one team into this event. Students were asked to create a solution for a problem they selected dealing with the topic of “man’s impact on the environment." Students had three months to prototype their solution and create a presentation for the competition. At the competition, teams were awarded points based on a rubric they received prior to the competition. Results for this event were:
    • Elementary: First Place – Abrams, Second Place - Mountainside, Third Place - Aragon
    • Secondary: First Place – Carson Middle, Second Place – Fountain Middle
  2. Problem Solving Challenge - Participating schools entered two teams in this event. Students were provided a mathematical scenario to solve. For secondary, students were given a task asking them to become Department of Transportation employees. The students completed a guided activity with mathematical calculations related to reducing fuel costs through the implementation of aerodynamic truck features in an effort to become more environmentally-friendly. Once students completed their calculations, they completed a proposal for Rocky Mountain Trucking Limited outlining their recommendations for which aerodynamic feature should be implemented for each type of truck in the Rocky Mountain Trucking Limited fleet. For elementary students, students were given a task that asked them to become Rocky Mountain Utility Company employees. The students completed a guided activity with mathematical calculations related to reducing the energy costs associated with light bulbs in an effort to become more environmentally-friendly. Once students completed their calculations, they completed an informational guide that Rocky Mountain Utility Company will be distributing to their residential customers about the costs associated with the new energy-efficient light bulbs. The results for this event were:
    • Elementary: First Place – Aragon, Second Place - Mesa, Third Place - Jordahl
    • Secondary: First Place – FFCHS, Second Place – Carson Middle, Third Place - FFCHS
  3. Design Engineering Challenge - Participating Schools entered three teams into this event. Students were provided with materials to engage in a design and engineering task. Elementary students built bridges out of straws and tape to see which team could construct a bridge to suspend the most weight. Secondary students created air-powered cars from recycled materials and were scored based on how far their cars could travel under air power. The results for this event were:
    • Elementary: First Place – Weikel, Second Place - Aragon, Third Place - Mesa
    • Secondary: First Place – Carson Middle, Second Place – FFCHS, Third Place - Carson Middle


Additionally, there was a team competition across all three events. The school that accumulated the most points through the placings of their teams were awarded a school trophy.  In this competition, Aragon was awarded the elementary trophy and Carson Middle was awarded the secondary trophy. Congratulations and thanks to all who participated!

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