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McKENZIE (December 12) — McKenzie Middle School students showcased their physical and virtual projects as part of STEM classes at McKenzie Middle School.Parents and members of the community …
McKENZIE (December 12) — McKenzie Middle School students showcased their physical and virtual projects as part of STEM classes at McKenzie Middle School.
Parents and members of the community were invited to see the projects of the science teachers Mistee Cooper (fifth grade), Sherrie Austin (sixth grade), Kim Smith (seventh grade), and Joe Baumgartel (eighth grade) in the MMS Cafeteria.
Ady Freeman and Rachel Essary showcased a yeast-powered mobile made from items from the STEM Cart, a cart filled with motors, wheels, plastic tubing, plungers, sticks, screws, tools, LED lights, tubing, and tape.
Teacher Kim Smith said students were presented an assignment and had to imagine how to complete the assignment. They could research projects on the Internet or simply develop a method to complete the project from their own imagination.
Freeman’s and Essary’s plastic mobile vehicle was powered through a chemical reaction from yeast. Adding the right ingredients, the yeast expands in a pressurized tube to make the wheels turn.
Dawson Brush and Stafford Roditis were showcasing their battery-powered vehicle. Theirs was the fastest of other students’. Their idea was to keep it light weight to achieve the extra speed.
Hannah Lee created a three-dimensional design of a stadium using Tinkercad, a software.
Emily McMullin created a house, complete with the outside landscaping and inside furniture. One could rotate the computer image to see the various elements included in the 3-D image. Kristen Rimmer helped demonstrate the software for visitors.