Full STEM Ahead!
Highlands Middle School 6th Grade Innovation with Inventionland classes had the opportunity to participate in the Inventionland Institute’s virtual invention competition in late October. Taught by Ms. Marcie Wallace, this new STEM class is standards-aligned and modeled after the same inventing process used by Inventionland: a long-standing, Western PA based design and invention factory.
In preparation for the first nine week’s virtual Inventionland competition, the students worked individually or in small teams to brainstorm invention ideas. They researched their concepts, built prototypes and learned how to package and market their inventions. During the competition days, the students pitched their invention idea to the judges, who then selected two winning inventions!
Alexis Bender - Mask Cooler
Sydney Biernesser, Paige Carson and Audrey Faltot - Safe Seat
The Inventionland Competition will be held every nine weeks and the building winners will be invited to the regional Inventionland in the spring.
The Middle School's 5th Grade Introduction to STEM classes also developed and presented inventions in a similar, non-competitive way to gain practice for next year's Innovations class.
Schools that have implemented STEM / Innovation courses have noticed student growth in self-motivation, self-confidence, collaboration and teamwork, critical thinking and problem-solving skills. Being that these courses are new this year at the Middle School, Ms. Wallace was impressed with the students’ efforts so far. “I am so proud of what the students are doing. They have exceeded all of my expectations,” said Mrs. Wallace.
Check out the Facebook post from Inventionland! https://www.facebook.com/727086124070664/posts/3382336581878925/