STEM Challenge Asks, ‘How Green Were Their Gadgets?’

  • Published March 9, 2018
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Students from Wyalusing Area School District show the aerator they designed to help grow greener lawns – without chemicals.

A group of Canton Warriors show off an underground home that has several advantages: Because the earth around it maintains a temperature around 55 degrees, it requires fewer resources to heat and cool; its location makes it hurricane-safe; and it can collect and move the water from such storms to create hydroelectric power.

 A team from New Covenant Academy in Mansfield makes final adjustments to its wearable back massager.

A Loyalsock Lancer connects a rider to his team’s invention.

Designed to help the busy teacher, a vehicle delivers and picks up homework and transports classroom supplies.

The Field House was filled with colorful innovations on Friday when Penn College was home for the STEM Design Challenge hosted by BLaST Intermediate Unit 17. Students in grades 4-5 and 6-8 competed by using K’Nex pieces to create an environmentally friendly product for the home. Entries ranged from a remote-controlled bed maker to a solar-powered microwave, and from a wind-powered vehicle (which could also clean your home’s exterior and chimney) to a wind-powered house. Teams from 14 area school districts competed in the regional challenge sponsored by ThermoFisher Scientific.

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