The Wentzville School District hosted its first ever Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Olympics at Timberland High School on March 4, 2015.
More than 250 kindergarten through 8th grade students participated in small group design challenges, as well as hands-on activities and demonstrations by high school students and volunteers from area corporations.
During the month of January, more than 50 classrooms across the district participated in STEM competitions where students were asked to engineer a product given specific materials in a constrained amount of time. Winners from those competitions were invited to the STEM Olympics where students and their families had an opportunity to engage in a variety of STEM-related activities.
The event was organized by WSD Curriculum Coordinator Dr. Karen Hill, with the help of the HOSA (future health professionals) student organization and HOSA advisor, Ms. Meghan Aydelott.
“Solving the world’s most pressing challenges will require innovations in science, technology, engineering and mathematics,” said Hill. “At Wentzville, we are committed to improving the ability of all students to integrate these disciplines in order to solve problems.”
Corporations that participated included Pfizer, Sigma, MasterCard, Ranken Technical college, and Teen CERT. “There was a great deal of interest on the part of our students and the community for our first year,” shared Hill. “We look forward to making this an annual learning event for our students.”