STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) summer challenges are designed for West Virginia students who want to extend their learning and experience with STEM-related fields during the summer months. Challenges have been designed based on developmental appropriateness and programmatic levels. WVDE staff have partnered with the West Virginia Library Commission and NASA IV&V to disseminate this summer STEM initiative.
Grades Pre-K—2: Pool Noodle/Paper Roll Marble Challenge
The goal of the pool noodle challenge is for Pre-K-Grade 2 students to design a marble run track, build the design from various materials found in the home, and keep the marble in the track successfully from the beginning to the end of the track. Students may experiment with the height of the track and learn how their design changes affect the performance of the marble. When students return to school, they are to submit the design documentation to their teacher or local STEM challenge sponsor.
Grades 3-12: Engineering Challenge – Three options
Students are challenged to engage in the concept of engineering through designing, building, testing, and modifying either a bridge, boat, or egg transport vehicle. Students are challenged to not only succeed in achieving the final desired outcome but also work to improve their design in a variety of modalities, including but not limited to, type and quantity of material used, aesthetics, strength, cost, etc. All entries will be scored using a rubric. Students will record their attempts/improvements on a datasheet that will be submitted with their video, drawing, or pictures.