Pictured above are SCA Middle School students Connor McKinley, Carly Britch, Viktoria Romania, and Meredith Fahringer, whose K'NEX team won first place in the 2014 Pennsylvania STEM Design Challenge. The young scholars were led by advisor Mrs.Victoria Kozlek. The statewide competition encouraged students to apply skills in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

Student teams from grades 4-8 were challenged to create an environmentally friendly vehicle in just 2 hours with K’NEX rods, connectors and motors. Each team had to prepare a blue print and a 2 minute presentation on how their model answered the challenge.

Each vehicle had to meet several requirements which included being able to move at least 4 feet across a table and beat at least one obstacle chosen by the team.

Governor Tom Corbett was also at the event to meet and talk to students about their projects. He says that these students are the key to a successful future in technology.

“They’re competing with something not on the athletic field,” Corbett said, “They’re competing with brains, they’re competing with their ingenuity, they’re competing with their science and their technology and engineering and math, but really what they’re competing is for jobs in the future and that`s really what this is about.”

Teams were judged on  creativity, teamwork, challenge success,  design and presentation.

The first place winners received a 500 dollar K’NEX shopping spree for their teacher and a thunderbolt strike roller coaster building set for each team member.


Read more at http://fox43.com/2014/05/02/first-state-wide-stem-design-challenge-in-harrisburg/#XMwls2Yg5lBKMT4D.99

Student teams from grades 4-8 were challenged to create an environmentally friendly vehicle in just 2 hours with K’NEX rods, connectors and motors. Each team had to prepare a blue print and a 2 minute presentation on how their model answered the challenge.

Each vehicle had to meet several requirements which included being able to move at least 4 feet across a table and beat at least one obstacle chosen by the team.

Governor Tom Corbett was also at the event to meet and talk to students about their projects. He says that these students are the key to a successful future in technology.

“They’re competing with something not on the athletic field,” Corbett said, “They’re competing with brains, they’re competing with their ingenuity, they’re competing with their science and their technology and engineering and math, but really what they’re competing is for jobs in the future and that`s really what this is about.”

Teams were judged on  creativity, teamwork, challenge success,  design and presentation.

The first place winners received a 500 dollar K’NEX shopping spree for their teacher and a thunderbolt strike roller coaster building set for each team member.


Read more at http://fox43.com/2014/05/02/first-state-wide-stem-design-challenge-in-harrisburg/#XMwls2Yg5lBKMT4D.99
 
Congratulations are extended to the members of Southern Columbia Area Middle School's Grades 6-8 K'NEX team on winning the first-ever, Pennsylvania STEM Design Challenge! More than 300 students gathered at Harrisburg University of Science and Technology to compete in the finals. The students were members of first- and second-place teams from regional competitions, held earlier this spring.
Student teams from grades 4-8 were challenged to create an environmentally friendly vehicle in just 2 hours with K’NEX rods, connectors and motors. Each team had to prepare a blue print and a 2 minute presentation on how their model answered the challenge.
Each vehicle had to meet several requirements which included being able to move at least 4 feet across a table and beat at least one obstacle chosen by the team.
Governor Tom Corbett was also at the event to meet and talk to students about their projects. He says that these students are the key to a successful future in technology.
“They’re competing with something not on the athletic field,” Corbett said, “They’re competing with brains, they’re competing with their ingenuity, they’re competing with their science and their technology and engineering and math, but really what they’re competing is for jobs in the future and that`s really what this is about.”
Teams were judged on  creativity, teamwork, challenge success,  design and presentation.
The first place winners received a 500 dollar K’NEX shopping spree for their teacher and a thunderbolt strike roller coaster building set for each team member.
 
Student teams from grades 4-8 were challenged to create an environmentally friendly “people mover.” The vehicle had to be able to travel at least four feet across the table and had to overcome at least one obstacle (hill, curves, landforms, etc.) Each team also had to prepare a blue print and a two-minute presentation on how their model answered the challenge.  Obstacles were chosen and designed by the team. SCA's team created a farm tractor with the obstacle of pulling a weighted wagon.Teams were judged on creativity, teamwork, challenge success, design and presentation.
 
Governor Tom Corbett was at the event to meet and talk to students about their projects. He stated that the K'NEX challenge students are the key to a successful future in technology.  “They’re competing with something not on the athletic field,” Corbett said, “They’re competing with brains, they’re competing with their ingenuity, they’re competing with their science and their technology and engineering and math, but really what they’re competing for is jobs in the future and that`s really what this is about.”
Student teams from grades 4-8 were challenged to create an environmentally friendly vehicle in just 2 hours with K’NEX rods, connectors and motors. Each team had to prepare a blue print and a 2 minute presentation on how their model answered the challenge.
Each vehicle had to meet several requirements which included being able to move at least 4 feet across a table and beat at least one obstacle chosen by the team.
Governor Tom Corbett was also at the event to meet and talk to students about their projects. He says that these students are the key to a successful future in technology.
“They’re competing with something not on the athletic field,” Corbett said, “They’re competing with brains, they’re competing with their ingenuity, they’re competing with their science and their technology and engineering and math, but really what they’re competing is for jobs in the future and that`s really what this is about.”
Teams were judged on  creativity, teamwork, challenge success,  design and presentation.
The first place winners received a 500 dollar K’NEX shopping spree for their teacher and a thunderbolt strike roller coaster building set for each team member.
 
For capturing First Place, Connor, Carly, Viktoria, and Meredith won a  $500 K’NEX Education shopping spree for Mrs. Kozlek to be used in her classroom. Each of the students also received a trophy and a Thunderbolt Strike Roller Coaster Building Set, valued at $119.99 each, for their own use. Congratulations on a job well done!
 
 

Results of the Grades 6-8 Division

First Place- Southern Columbia Area Middle School – IU16 Central Susquehanna
Second Place- Hampton Middle School – IU3 Allegheny
Third Place- East Vincent – IU24 Chester County
 
Honorable Mentions -
William Penn Middle School – IU22 Bucks County
Beaver Area Middle – IU27 Beaver Valley
David E. Williams MS – IU3 Allegheny
Austin Area – IU9 Seneca Highlands
 

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