May 18, 2016

STEM Family Night a fun time for all

McClusky High School gym was the place where STEM Family Night was held last Monday evening. Jamie Wirth and Gary Ketterling, teachers from Valley City State University, were there to present STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) to McClusky students and parents.

Wirth explained to them eight steps of Engineering Design Process: define, research, brainstorm, choose, build, test, communicate and redesign.

The elementary grade students had fun building a vehicle with gumdrops, lifesavers, pretzel sticks and dry spaghetti noodles; a bank with index cards and masking tape; a jewelry store with marshmallows and popsicle sticks; and an office tower with pipe cleaners and marshmallow.

The 5-8 grade and 9-12 grade were in groups to design a plan to build movement devices with golf balls, dominoes, tongue depressor, aluminum foil, play dough, masking tape, paper cups, toothpaste and toothbrush.

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