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STEM Challenge Coming Wednesday

Create2Think Activities Planned for February 7
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Olivia McSpadden
Junior High STEM students participate in a lab.

On February 7, PHS will have an early release day, and school will end at 12:30 instead of the usual 3:05. Given the limited time, it would be difficult to switch between seven classes and have lunch, so junior high students will not attend regular classes. Instead, students will participate in Create2Think projects organized by science teachers Jeremy Reynolds and Lori Stroud.
“Create2Think is a project-based curriculum that junior high started to use last year. We use this curriculum to help verify STEM education,” said Stroud.
Students use Create2Think booklets to guide them through various projects, and they will be finishing and testing one of those projects on February 7.
Seventh-grade students will be in various classrooms to finish designing and constructing cars out of tissue boxes. After students finish their cars, they will go to the gymnasium to test the cars’ construction. Each team will place an egg in their car and roll it down a ramp and into a wall to see how sturdy and durable it is. If the egg survives, the car passes the test. Each group will be required to collect data on whether or not the egg survived the crash in their makeshift car.
Eighth grade students will be in the cafeteria playing games they designed in class. For the past two weeks, the eighth graders have worked to design board games that include information and elements from the periodic table.
The junior high teachers have one common goal for these two activities. To do something educational even though we don’t have seven hours of school.
Eighth graders also need this day to complete the fourth THINK Phase in the Create2Think booklet, which requires students to test their games and collect participant feedback. A THINK Phase is a step to complete the project or activity.
“I loved the Create2Think project we did last year and the projects we are doing this year,” said eighth grader Emily Lindsey.
Students in eighth grade, like Emily Lindsey, enjoyed the projects they did in seventh grade and believe seventh graders this year will enjoy them as well.

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Lillie Johnson, Paolite Staff Writer
Hi, I’m Lillie. I enjoy reading and hanging out with friends.
Olivia McSpadden, Chief Photographer, Facebook Editor
Hi, I'm Olivia McSpadden! This past year I was the photo editor for the yearbook and one of the main sports photographers. This year I'm the Chief Photographer and the Facebook Editor. With the Chief Photographer position, I have a heavy hand in the selection of pictures in the Hillcrest Yearbook, Paolite Newspaper, and all of our social media accounts. In addition to this I'm also over the gallerists of Paoli Media, so every time someone takes an event they make a gallery and captions, and then I post it on Facebook for the public to see!
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