A paper helicopter sounds simple on the surface.
However, when you are up against a deadline, must follow the constraints of using specific building materials and the helicopter must stay in the air a certain amount of time and land closest to a target, then that becomes a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Challenge.
Middle and high school students gathered recently at Eastside Middle School to put their STEM skills to the test.
Each group won their respective school event which consisted of either the paper helicopter, a paper tower to support the weight of a basketball or a roller coaster.
Students only discovered the actual district STEM Challenge when Coordinator Jaymee Clemens announced it. Most youth practiced on all three just to be safe.
Parents and guests could stay but were not allowed to assist. School STEM coordinators were available to answer questions but this was entirely a student project.
“Students in Bullitt County are so phenomenal to work with and the District STEM Challenge proves their willingness to present science through their hands on projects,” Clemens said.
Students were allowed to test their helicopters and make needed adjustments. Once the deadline expired, it was time to allow parents to watch as each team launched their creation from Eastside’s second floor.
Each team was allowed only one flight. All students received medals with the winning teams earning trophies:
Middle school level – Third Place – Marijane Meffert of Hebron Middle School.
Second Place – Jack Gentry, Dominik Fackler, Tanner Chitwood and Will Brangers of Mt. Washington Middle School.
First Place – Ryan Brown, Jason Lin, Tessa McClure and Max Stucky of the Discovery School.
High school level – Third Place – Jasmine Hurley, Madison Reading and Abigail Scharfenberger of Bullitt East High School.
Second Place – Ernest Walls IV and Ian Rock of Bullitt Central High School.
First Place – Trinity Dale and Faith Whitehouse of North Bullitt High School.
The district elementary school STEM Challenge is scheduled for Thursday, March 8th at 5:00 p.m. at Mt. Washington Elementary School.