BERKS STEM CHALLENGES ABOUND AT THE BCIU

2019 Governor’s STEM Competition team of volunteers, judges, educators, and competitors.

For three days during February and March, the Berks County Intermediate Unit meeting rooms, hallways, and cafeteria bustled with Berks County students excited about STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics).

REGIONAL GOVERNOR’S STEM COMPETITION

On Wednesday, February 27, 2019, Berks County students in grades 9-12 participated in the regional 2019 Governor’s STEM Competition. The Governor’s STEM Competition is a rotating-themed, academic contest that is focused on exposing students to STEM concepts, skills, and occupations. This year’s theme was “Improving Pennsylvania Through STEM.” As always, each project was equally impressive and made the decision difficult for the competition’s judges. This year’s winners were Conrad Weiser High School (1st place), Exeter Township Senior High School (2nd place), and Boyertown Area Senior High School (3rd place). Additionally, the “Project in a Box” winner was Reading Senior High School. During competition down-time, students were able to speak with local colleges and businesses at the Career Fair. The Conrad Weiser High School team will go on to compete at the state level on May 9 and 10 at the Dixon University Center in Harrisburg.

REGIONAL STEM DESIGN CHALLENGE FEATURING K’NEX

The first day of the STEM Design Challenge featuring K’Nex for elementary school students took place on Thursday, February 28, 2019. Berks County students in grades 4-5 were challenged to create an environmentally friendly machine that moves objects across a table. The winners of the regional competition were Cumru K’Nex Innovators from Cumru Elementary, GMSD (1st place); Kool K’Nex Kreators from Oley Valley Elementary School, OVSD (2nd place and Fan Favorite); and Engineering Eagles from Owatin Creek Elementary, ETSD (3rd place). The Cumru K’Nex Innovators will go on to compete at the state competition on Friday, May 17, 2019, at Harrisburg University in Harrisburg.

The second day of the STEM Design Challenge featuring K’Nex for middle school students took place on Friday, March 15, 2019. Berks County students in grades 6-8 were challenged to the same topic. The winners of the regional competition were Ladies Lift It! from Daniel Boone Area Middle School, DBASD (1st Place); S.W.A.T. from Wilson Southern Middle School, WSD (2nd place); K’nection from Kutztown Area Middle School, KASD (3rd place); and Sub 2 Pewdiepie from Governor Mifflin Middle School, GMSD (Fan Favorite). Ladies Lift It! will also go on to compete at the state competition on Friday, May 17, 2019, at Harrisburg University in Harrisburg.