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Students Compete in STEM K’nex

Students Compete in STEM K’nex

KNEX 2nd Place Winners 2016

On April 1, seven Allentown School District elementary schools competed in CLIU21’s annual STEM K’nex Challenge. Teams from Central, Cleveland, Dodd, McKinley, Mosser, Muhlenberg and Washington competed against hundreds of students from throughout the region.

Our Cleveland Elementary School Team won 2nd place in this regional competition. This is huge accomplishment. The Cleveland Team members are: Amy Vega (gr. 4), DeVante Gaynair (gr. 4), Jesse Martinez (gr. 5), and Nathilyn Legrand (gr. 5), and an alternate Abigail Flores (gr. 5). Their Team’s teacher advisor is Lisa Noll.

This year’s K’nex problem was to create a structure that was more than 1 meter tall, supported weight and was environmentally friendly. Students had to prepare blueprints to represent their structure, write a narrative to describe it and present it orally to the team of judges.

“We are so proud of all of our participants for their fine work,” states Sally Wolfe, Allentown School District Gifted Programming Specialist. “All of the structures will be presented at the ASD Showcase of Academic Excellence on May 25.”

According to the CLIU21 Description of the event: “The STEM K’nex Design Challenge provides creative problem solving opportunities for students by fostering original and divergent thinking. By working in teams, participants learn teamwork, critical thinking, problem solving, the appreciation and understanding of divergent views, and that a group can be a powerful thinking force. Students who participate develop a sense of self-respect and respect for others through development of their solutions, and through preparatory activities such as brainstorming, technology implementation, and structural design.”

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Meeting the Height Requirement