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Bear Creek Team Top in STEM Competition

Lillia Alvarez, Trenten Miller, Quinn Dolan, Gabriel Rottet and Jaycen Conrad.

A team of students from the Bear Creek School recently took part in the Lancaster-Lebanon Intermediate Unit 13 Real World STEM Solution Challenge.

Sixth graders Lillia Alvarez, Jaycen Conrad, Quinn Dolan, Gabriel Rottet and Trenten Miller collaborated to develop L.U.L.O. (Leverage Utilizing Locker Opener) that was designed to help students with stunted muscle development in their hands. Their entry placed first in the Grades 4-6 division. The team was led by faculty adviser Sara Torchia.

The competition was open to students from the local intermediate unit in grades 4-12. The purpose for the competition was to increase STEM-related educational opportunities for students within the region. Furthermore, the IU 13 STEM Consortium raised awareness of the importance of STEM (which stands for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) through the activity.

As part of the challenge, the teams were tasked withidentifying and creating a STEM Solution personalized to support accommodations for students or adults with disabilities. The entries were judged by a panel of experts from various facets of Lancaster County STEM-related business, industry and education.

Athough the term “STEM” is an acronym for science, technology, engineering and mathematics, there is no universal agreement about what is included in that. The National Science Foundation uses one of the broader definitions; it includes psychology and the social sciences(e.g., political science, economics) as well as subjects such as physics, chemistry, and mathematics. Others use a narrower definition that generally excludes social sciences and focuses on mathematics, chemistry, physics, computer and information sciences, and engineering.

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