Cardboard Boat Races Put STEM Skills to Good Use

Middle School students found that cardboard boat races put STEM skills to good use. The University of Texas of the Permian Basin STEM Academy tested their boat building skills during the second annual UTPB STEM Academy middle school boat race. 196 sixth, seventh, and...

Solar Boat Challenge

Building a boat for a solar boat challenge is a difficult task, but students who are engaged at 40 different schools are developing some very impressive skills. At Coast High, Jessica Cochran never thought about building a boat, although she has grown up on them.  She...

Building and Budgeting With Spaghetti Bridges

It may seem like an unusual material, but students are learning building and budgeting with spaghetti bridges. While spaghetti  is not a new material for student building materials, it is unusual to have it used among students as young as sixth grade.  Nonetheless, in...

STEM Classes Focus on Problem Solving and Technology

A new era has begun for middle school students as STEM classes focus on problem solving and technology. It looked like a scene out of TV’s CSI as eighth graders in lab coats looked at the taped outline on the floor, examining ang gathering evidence.  This was...