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STEM pupils to compete in design competition

Posted: April 29, 2014 - 11:12pm

Middle school mathematicians, engineers and scientists will compete Saturday for the STEM Day Design Challenge competition.

The competition will be 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Columbia Middle School, 2013 Raider Way in Grovetown.

The pupils interested in STEM fields that focus on science, technology, engineering and mathematics, represent each grade at all Columbia County middle schools as well as some from Richmond and Burke counties.

The teams will compete in two challenges, said Kimetha Hampton, an event organizer and an Evans Middle School eight grade math teacher.

“In preparation for one of the challenges, they
have to practice a tower design, which will be the primary challenge,” Hampton said.

The teams will use straws, pipe cleaners and paper clips to create the highest tower that also will hold a golf ball for at least two minutes.

The winners will be chosen by a panel of volunteer judges.

The details of a second challenge will be announced at the competition.

“It’s a surprise challenge,” Hampton said. “It is going to be so fun. ... We’re very excited about that one.”

The pupils volunteered for the competition, often having to beat out their classmates in in-house competitions to represent their grade level.

Hampton said she’s interested to see the varied abilities displayed by the pupils.

“There are some kids who have average grades, but when they are given the opportunity for hands-on activities, they always excel,” Hampton said.

“Then we have the gifted kids. We’re just excited about a diverse group of kids.”

The competition is open to the public.

For more information, send an e-mail to Hampton at kimetha.hampton@ccboe.net.

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