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On Thursday, March 2nd, at the Carver Community Center, six school student teams participated in a public exhibition of their work in STEM related fields. Teachers, families and community members helped cheer the student projects created during the Carver afterschool program this year. Projects were thoughtfully designed.
Robotics and much was where on display. For example, some students constructed and displayed Truss Bridges. They used simple hand tools and materials, and followed a simple construction sequence. Students presented their Truss Bridges and explained how they performed simple calculations to determine the amount of materials required for each part of the project. They calculated the cost of producing a structure based on the selection of materials. They also identified a truss structure from other possible bridge structures and compared the strength of a truss structure with that of a rectangular structure.
Carver Jr. YDP team produced Hovercraft Boats (engineering) and Truss Bridges (technology). Nathan Hale BARK YDP students produced robotics demonstrations (technology), and fruit DNA (science). Ponus Ridge PRIDE YDP students produced an autonomous car display and survey (engineering), and air turbines and small boats (CPEP technology). Roton STRIVE YDP students produced robotics demonstrations (engineering) and air boats (CPEP technology). Side by Side Charter School RISE YDP students produced robotics demonstrations (engineering), CPEP technology projects and a videography project (technology). West Rocks REACH YDP students produced robotics (engineering), Truss Bridges and a Spaghetti Marshmallow challenge (technology).
The judges selected the following teams/projects as the winners (5 categories) and prizes were awarded to each team member. Best overall project – Carver engineering team for their Hovercraft project. (Each team member received a $25 gift card) | Most challenging (highest degree of difficulty) - Side by Side Engineering Team for their Robot Demo. (Each team member received a $15 gift card) | Most Innovative Project – West Rocks REACH Technology Team for their Spaghetti Marshmallow Challenge. (Each team member received a $15 gift card) | Teamwork Award – PONUS PRIDE CPEP Team. (Each member received a $10 gift card) | Top Presentation Award – West Rocks Engineering Team for Their Robot Demo. (Each team member received a $15 gift card)
Nathan Hale BARK = Belief Awareness Respect Knowledge
Ponus Ridge PRIDE = Perseverance Respect Intelligence Diversity Excellence
Roton STRIVE = Scholarship Togetherness Resilience Integrity Values Excellence
Side by Side Charter School RISE = Rising Innovative Scholars of Excellence
West Rocks REACH = Responsibility Effort Aptitude Character High Expectations