Western Wayne Students Place at NEPA Girls STEM Competition

Western Wayne elementary students placed well in their respective competitions at the 2023 Girls STEM Competition held at Valley View High School on Saturday, April 15. RDW 5th graders, Maria Shemanski (5), Skylar Horst (5), Hailey McCollum-Fitzpatrick (5):  placed 3rdoverall in the 4-6th grade age group. In addition, for our RDW students,  Rachel Enslin (4) and Makayla Franckowiak (5):  placed 5th overall in the 4-6th grade age group. Also, Evergreen Elementary 4th graders, Mia Padula (4), Taylor Brown (4), and Molly Gifford (4):  placed 1st overall in the 4-6th grade age group in the Computer Programming  event.

The fourth grade students competed in four total events:  Programming using Scratch; Mathematics solving problems and puzzle;, Science where they made their own lip-gloss with a Makeup Chemist; and engineering where they had to design, build, and test a vehicle, device and ramp to achieve a common goal.  There were 1st place prizes in each of the four categories awarded, and there were overall places 1st through 5th for combined scores from all four events.

Finally, WWMS current 6th grader Reyna Weaver has been selected to attend the Appalachian STEM Academy at Oak Ridge this summer before her 7th grade year.  She participated in this event when she was in fifth grade and really enjoyed applying her knowledge of science.

Established in 1990, the Appalachian STEM Academy at Oak Ridge is a residential, hands-on learning experience for Appalachia’s middle and high school students, as well as high school teachers in STEM-related fields. Hosted by Oak Ridge Associated Universities in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, this program is a gateway to science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) in the Appalachian Region. 

All participants work with award-winning scientists at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, one of the largest U.S. Department of Energy research facilities in the United States. High school and middle school students conduct guided group science, math, and computer science technology research projects, while high school teachers work with science practitioners to develop STEM-related curriculum. The program culminates in a graduation ceremony where participants showcase their work.

Western Wayne Middle Schooler Reyna Weaver is very excited to be offered the opportunity to participate in this experience.

“I really enjoy working on STEM related projects and am excited to be offered the chance to participate in this event,” Reyna said.

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