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Students warm up for upcoming STEMPalooza competition

January 26, 2018 - Student Success

Their day began with a video about "moon shot thinking," the type that propelled Americans to the moon, ideas "we don't know how to do this yet, but we're going to do it anyways."

That critical thinking, creativity and problem solving is at the heart of STEMPalooza, a district competition for math and science students. This month, Town and Country Elementary hosted a mock STEMPalooza to help students from surrounding schools prepare for the upcoming district event.

Students competed in four categories:

Crack the Code: In a specified amount of time, teams solve problems to open locks and crack codes to find a prize.

Tivitz: A math board game

Engineering Challenge: Teams are given a request for proposal and materials needed. In a set amount of time, they will be required to design and create a product to meet the specifications of the proposal. 

SumoBot: Teams bring one robot to the challenge and compete to push the other robot out of a circle.

Check out the video above for highlights from the event.

Town and Country Elementary and several other participating schools are part of the new STEM Innovation Hub forming in the community. Click here to read more about that initiative.