Westview Middle School has won the 2017 “This School’s Got STEM” competition sponsored by Comporium and presented by SC Future Minds and S²TEM Centers SC. The competition attracted two dozen entrants from across South Carolina showing off the best of science, technology, engineering and math in public schools. Westview Middle School created a five-minute “STEMS is not a fairy tale” video. The video shows students performing Little Red Riding Hood meeting up with the 3 little pigs, the Mad Hatter, our Fairy Godmother, Cinderella, Prince Charming and others as your learn about the 1st STEMS program in the nation to receive accreditation from Advanced Ed. Westview received the most votes through two weeks of voting on the “South Carolina Future Minds” website and Facebook page. As winner, the group and school each received $500, recognition at the SC Teacher of the Year Celebration in Columbia and the opportunity to attend a STEM festival in the state.
Second place and $250 goes to Sugar Creek Elementary School in Fort Mill, where they featured their One Book program. The goal of this program is promote reading at home with all the families in the school reading the same book at the same time. Our book choice this year was Nim’s Island by Wendy Orr. We used engineering challenges to further engage the students and families in reading. Throughout the weeks of reading, class who correctly answered the daily trivia questions were entered into drawings to win class STEM challenges. Families also worked at home to create models of Nim’s Island. For our culminating event, families and community members joined together to create family flags, participate in a storywalk, play fitness games, design a float to help find food for Nim, create a trap to help capture sick animals to nurse back to health, and build catapults to keep aways Troppo Tourists who would damage the island.
And Manning High School in Clarendon School District Two won third place and a $100 prize for its video highlighting students enrolled in Physics build various machines and systems that will be used as prototypes for a “future community on a planet in the new solar system.” Using KNEX, students were able to build clocks, wheelbarrows, pulley systems, archimedes’ screws, and much more! After building their different designs, students were challenged to brainstorm how their structures could better their community of “Monarchville.”
Finalists were selected with help from members of the S²TEM Centers SC and representatives of South Carolina’s STEM businesses and industries. Voting then began on “South Carolina Future Minds” website and Facebook page where the winner received the most votes.
The contest was free to enter, and open to any public school student in South Carolina in kindergarten through 12th grade. To enter, adults 18 or older submitted videos that would “Wow!” judges for their use of STEM skills. Videos could not exceed five minutes in length.
About South Carolina Future Minds
South Carolina Future Minds is a 501 (c)(3) organization dedicated to promoting excellence in South Carolina’s K-12 public schools by partnering with corporate donors to find and support successful school programs. SCFM promotes innovation for excellence in public education by equipping and advocating for educators as they prepare South Carolina students to thrive in a global community. For more information on South Carolina Future Minds, visit www.scfutureminds.org or join the SC Future Minds Facebook page.
Comporium, Inc., headquartered in Rock Hill, S.C., is a diversified privately held communications company providing voice, video, data, wireless, security and advertising services. Comporium’s ventures include companies providing fiber transport and business solutions, data storage and managed services, smart devices and connected home/car services, and digital signage. For more information, please visit www.comporium.com.
About S²TEM Centers SC
S²TEM Centers SC specializes in designing differentiated learning experiences for districts, schools, and teachers. Their professional development services range from informing learners and leaders, to supporting instructional change, and innovating with school partners.