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Buffalo Elementary School presented its Spring STEAM Expo on Wednesday, March 2nd, sharing projects using the Project-Based Approach and/or the STEAM model (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Math). Kindergarten students displayed a neighborhood that they had started after hearing Mr. Riley, an architect, talk about how he uses geometric shapes in his designs and buildings. First graders shared fact-filled posters about the sun, and second graders demonstrated how to code Pro-Bots to draw on paper and showcased paper roller coasters. Third graders shared their river project videos and held a cookie sale to raise funds for a charity of the class’s choosing. Fourth grade students presented on their recreated renewable energy experiments such as wind turbines, and fifth graders shared their collaborative team newscasts about river flooding. The expo also featured a technology table, art gallery walk, and piano music.
Central High senior, Emily Delleman, set the new American record at the CRASH-B Sprints World Indoor Rowing Championships at the Aggaanis Arena at Boston University. Emily was one of three individuals representing the Y Quad-Cities Club. She finished the junior women’s open race ahead of nearly 400 other competitors. Read the full QC Times story here.
The Combustible Lemons have done it again, advancing to the third straight North-Super Regional. The team was a finalist in numerous categories, including Motivate, Connect, and Think Awards, and placed third in the Inspire Award, advancing them to the North-Super Regionals in Cedar Rapids on March 17th through 19th. Go here to help the Combustible Lemons raise funds to travel to Kenya to work with teachers and students.
Last month, the Buchanan Elementary Student Council sponsored a 25-cent Valentine sale and raised $125 for King’s Harvest in Davenport. King’s Harvest Ministries serves the poor and homeless in the Quad Cities by meeting their physical, emotional, and spiritual needs.
North High’s Junior Optimist Octagon International (JOOI) club held its second annual dance marathon to raise money for the Iowa Children’s Hospital. North science teacher, Laura McCreery, organized the event, and JOOI club members partnered with St. Ambrose University to raise over $3,000 with a lip sync contest, limbo contest, and fashion show.
Congratulations to the five extremely talented Army JROTC Cadets who qualified to shoot at the State of Iowa Junior Olympic Shooting and Marksmanship competition in April: Rebecca VanVooren, Joe Beard, Aleah Kossan, Sam Reynolds, and Nathan Rozinek.
On February 24th and 25th, students from seven schools attended Introduce a Kid and Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day at the Putnam Museum where they met with engineering professionals from Alcoa, John Deere, and other area companies. They enjoyed different science challenges, such as designing and building a bridge with spaghetti noodles and building a boat out of straws, tape, and plastic wrap. They also explored the Putnam’s science center and watched a movie about robots on the giant screen.
ProStart Culinary Teams competed in the 2016 Iowa ProStart Invitational in Des Moines on March 1st, cooking their hearts out. The team of Connor Baker, Emma Embree, Kirstin Felske, Iris Hayslett, and Miranda Thomas earned an honorable mention award for their communication. The management team of Emma Petri, Caleb Howlett, and Andrew Welch brought home first place and will be competing at the National ProStart Invitational in Dallas, Texas, April 29th through May 1st with their original restaurant concept, Prix Fixe. They were also awarded for their answers to a series of critical thinking questions related to day-to-day restaurant operations.