STEM learning on display at Harrison Middle School

Harrison Middle School sixth grader Samantha Norem demonstrates a prosthetic arm students have made through STEM learning. Harrison’s prosthetic team will compete at a state event next month.

Photo by John Fannin
Harrison Middle School sixth grader Samantha Norem demonstrates a prosthetic arm students have made through STEM learning. Harrison’s prosthetic team will compete at a state event next month.



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Fifth grader Mike Aguila gets a hands-on introduction to STEM learning by inspecting a vole’s regurgitation matter. Looking on is his mother, Alicia Tellez.

How does the angle of a kick relate to the chance of scoring a goal?

Does chewing gum during assessments impact test results?

Those were just some of the questions Harrison Middle School students addressed last night during a display of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) projects.

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dle School teacher Darla Van Corbach says the goal for Thursday night’s open house was to get the public involved. “We want to show the community what we’re up to,” she said.

One team of students at Harrison is creating prosthetic arms, and will compete next month at a state event.

Sixth grader Samantha Norem is a member of the prosthetics team and also presented a display on how earthworms relate to the height of mustard plants. Her theory was that worms would help the plants grow taller, but research showed otherwise.

“You have to be open to learning new things,” Norem says of what she has gained from involvement in STEM.

Other projects on display ranged from robot challenges to 3-D printing to inventive designs like a pen with a solar-powered recorder.

Maddie Labra is an eighth grader at Harrison, and says she can’t wait to continue her STEM learning at Sunnyside High School.

“It pushes me to learn, to ask questions, to not give up,” she said.



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