Students display school projects at STEM night

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Neighbors | Zack Shively.The Sixth Annual STEM Showcase featured projects from students from seventh grade to seniors in high school. All of the students are members of the schools' STEM program.

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Neighbors | Zack Shively.The Austintown STEM students gave presentations on different projects they worked on in class throughout the year at Austintown's sixth annual STEM Showcase on May 8. Pictured are Morgan Maxim and Gavin Precurato with a presentation on the 3D printer.

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Neighbors | Zack Shively.STEM instructor Danielle Chine wanted the showcase to present the students' hard work and the cirriculum of the program. She said the program gives the students a 21st century learning environment with real life applications. Pictured are Squire Strickland and Zackary Shumaker with their marble sorter machines.

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Neighbors | Zack Shively.Each of the students in the grade participated in the STEM projects of their grade level, such as the seventh and eighth grade's soap box derby cars. Both grades make three cas each to be raced in a derby later in the school year. Pictured are Isabella Larose, Peyden Grope and Elizabeth Jadue with one of the STEM program cars.

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Neighbors | Zack Shively.The STEM showcase demonstrated the students' abilities and the different activities and projects the students do in the STEM program. Pictured are Devin Ramhoff and Pete Shrake with a remote controlled robot that could pick up a tennis ball.

By ZACK SHIVELY

zshively@vindy.com

The Austintown Middle School welcomed members of the community to the sixth annual Austintown STEM Showcase in the school’s cafetorium on May 8.

Students made displays for projects that the classes did throughout the school year in their STEM classes. These classes give a focus on hands-on learning of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.

“The purpose of the night is to display all their hard work,” said Danielle Chine, the district’s STEM instructor. She said the class gives the students a current-day learning environment while incorporating all elements of STEM for a real-life application. The showcase allows the students to demonstrate what they do in the program and the curriculum they learn.

The event featured many projects including bridge models, 3D printing and robotics. Each project exhibited by a particular grade had been done by each student in the grade. For example, all seventh- and eighth-grade students worked on cars for a soap box derby.

Seventh-grade students Peyden Grope and Elizabeth Jadue said the derby cars are the biggest project they do during the year. The students spent time smoothing out the car and making it a fast as possible, while also weighting the car to the students.

Other projects included a remote controlled robot that could pick up a tennis ball and a robot with a light sensor that sorted white, blue and black marbles. Each project had student representatives to explain it and a presentation board that showed steps involved in the project and stated how the project connected to the STEM curriculum.

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