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Pocono Mountain students participate in STEM Design Challenge 2018

PMSD STEM Design Participants


Pocono Mountain SD students in grades 4 to 6 who competed in the CIU 20 STEM Design Challenge: (Row 1, left to right) Logan Smith - CRIS Grade 5, Jenna Codrington – CRIS Grade 4, Nathan DeVito – TEC Grade 5; (Row 2, left to right) Samantha Valentin – CRIS Grade 6, Carter Mui – CRIS Grade 6, Ayden Rowe – TEC Grade 6, Michael Peterson – TEC Grade 5, Matthew Altemose – TEC Grade 5; (Row 3, left to right) Collin Keller – CRIS Grade 6, Anthony Ramirez – CRIS Grade 6, SemiRames Guzman – TEC Grade 6, Nino Basadzishvili – TEC Grade 6, Mikhail Ragoobeer – TEC Grade 5, Ryder Bray – TEC Grade 6; (Row 4, left to right) Grace Farley – SIS Grade 6, Leena Moore – SIS Grade 6, Olivia Dudley – SIS Grade 6, Elizabeth Hensel – SIS Grade 6, Alexa DelGiudice – SIS Grade 6, Lily Kaufmann – SIS Grade 6, Jade Holovacko – SIS Grade 6, and Megan Gallo – SIS Grade 6.


Pocono Mountain School District continues to emphasis STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) learning opportunities for students through classroom instruction, after-school activities and club, and through competitions.


One such competition for grades 4 to 8 is the Colonial Intermediate Unit 20 STEM Design Challenge, where one sixth grade team from Swiftwater Intermediate School earned second place in the grades 6 to 8 category out of 28 teams competing.


STEM Design Challenge was held on March 23 at Northampton Community College Monroe Campus. Students from Clear Run Intermediate School, Swiftwater and Tobyhanna Elementary Center participated in the competition where students are challenged to build an object using K’NEX.  According to the CIU 20 website, “At the challenge, they [student teams] will present a narrative report, submit blueprints/cost sheets, and build their object within a certain time limit.”


Clear Run’s teams included students in grades 4 to 6 under the direction of advisor James Feuerstein. Swiftwater’s teams included students in grade 6 under the direction of advisors Joy Carsia, Jeff Sottolano and Matt Pero. Tobyhanna’s teams included students in grades 4 to 6 under the direction of advisor Kathy Angeloni. Each team had four students.


For this year’s STEM Design challenge, teams were asked to build a new product for their home that was environmentally friendly. It could be a power source for the home, a new type of appliance, a new entertainment gadget, or something else.