Parkland STEMM Academy Highlights
To see our Parkland STEMM Academy in action, watch this video. It was completely produced by our students from the script to the music. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zMKGIdj7_KI
Do you know what the Rube Goldberg challenge is? Rube Goldberg (1883-1970) was a Pulitzer Prize winning cartoonist best known for his zany invention cartoons. The challenge is dedicated to promote STEM education. You can see more about the challenge at this site: https://www.rubegoldberg.com/contests/ Here is a video of our students creating their machine during our STEMM academy this summer: https://youtu.be/aFAoPRP9YhY
2015 – 2016 News
The ExploraVision National Competition is sponsored by Toshiba and NSTA. The competition is for K-12 students and engages students to solve real world problems with a strong emphasis on STEM. The goal is to have students envision and communicate new technology that would be possible 20 years into the future through collaborative brainstorming and research of current science and technology. For more information on the competition you can find it at exploravision.org. · Parkland’s team of students are now in the National Competition. Aishani Ramoju,Prathysha Kothare, and Tanya Mehta · Their idea is called AB Scavenger: Game Changer in Alzheimer’s Treatment and is a nanorobot that carries a protein inhibitor to stop the plaque build-up in Alzheimer’s patients. · The US and Canada receive thousands of entries. These countries are divided into 6 regions. · There are 4 grade level categories, k-3, 4-6, 7-9, and 10-12 · Each grade level region selects 1 team to represent them in the National Competition · Parkland’s students are the selected region team! This region spreads across the northeastern part of the country. · They are competing against 6 teams · If they get a first or second place, they go to Washington DC, all expenses paid with their families for 4 days to receive their reward. · First place- $10,000 each · Second place- $5,000 each · The next step is to create an active website with a computer that Toshiba provides. They also have to make a prototype of their invention. All this by April 1st. · Toshiba/NSTA will be sending a representative to our school for an award ceremony. At this ceremony, they would like the girls to talk about their project. They will receive awards and a, 8 gig Excite tablet for them to keep. · The decision will be made by May 2nd as far as the top two teams out of the 6. Along with Parkland’s Regional Winning Team, we have another team in ExploraVision who was the only team in the state of PA in the grade 7-9 to receive an Honorable Mention. This means they were one step away from the regional competition, actually competing with students in their own room!! This information can be viewed at http://www.exploravision.org/2016-honorable-mentions. The student’s names are Pierce Bell, Cole Dinbeck and Luke Gutman.
2016 Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science Regional Competition Results: On Saturday, February 27th Parkland High School and Orefield and Springhouse Middle School students attended the 82nd annual meeting of the Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science Regional Competition at Easton High School. This competition requires students to present an oral presentation of their science fair project to judges. Parkland once again rose above the bar with impressive results. To receive a perfect score of 5.0 is difficult. Each school had several students that achieved this score! Parkland High School had 34 first place winners including 4 perfect scores. Orefield Middle School had 34 first place winners with 3 perfect scores. Springhouse Middle School had 57 first place winners with 6 perfect scores. Students who receive a first place award are eligible to participate in the state competition at Penn State in May. Needless to say, we were Parkland Proud! You may see all the first place winners’ names at http://www.parklandsciencefair.org/pjas-regional-winners.html