STEM supplies arrive

By Ben Courson and Cutter’b Pritchard, broadcast team and staff writer

The STEM supplies have finally come in after the state budget passed and teachers are ecstatic. Among the collections are countless Legos for Mrs. Brenda Dillaman’s room, motorized Legos for Mrs. Lori Walls room, solar powered cars for Mr. Andrew Schmucker’s room, and MIDI (musical instrument digital interface) controllers and keyboards for Mr. Patrick Baldwin’s room. Mr. Baldwin said, “I designed the class (Technical Music Composition) this year around not having them because of the budget crisis, so I am going to have to rework things so that we can incorporate them. We have gotten by since we just got them and have not had the opportunity to use them.”

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Over the last several weeks an abundance of supplies for STEM classes were delivered to teachers for their classes.

The supplies may not have been used all year because of their late arrival, but their appearance has kickstarted the current utilization of the products. Mr. Schmucker said, “The hydrogen fuel cell would have
worked in well with the unit on alternative energy, but since the money was held up by the state budget, it arrived too late.”

In Mr. Schmucker’s STEM class the students have used solar cells (a device that converts solar radiation into electricity) and motors for solar-powered cars. There is also a roller coaster track that will go with a ninth grade project which focuses on energy and motion. Mr. Schmucker said, “The point of STEM is to design and build things. Without supplies that is difficult. They are necessary.”

Now that these classes have the supplies, they need the students. As Mr. Baldwin said, “I plan on using technology pretty extensively for the music theory class I am teaching next year, only If I am lucky enough to have the students to take the class.”

 

Through a young person’s eyes: Junior high STEM

By Aurora Phillips, junior high reporter

 Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) class seems to really be a big hit among the junior high students. Introduced to seventh grade students at the start of last year, STEM has progressed even further since then.

The school now offers an elective STEM class for eighth grade Algebra 1 students. Lego building, boats, and origami are projects the eighth grade has worked on. The students really seem to enjoy it. “I think it’s a good learning experience, and the projects are fun!” said Kaylee Mulligan. “I learned to love STEM because I wasn’t good with my hands when I started in seventh grade, and I figured it would be a challenge, but it was worth a try,”  said Ashley Wenzel.

The seventh graders also have a STEM class as a rotation. Students get to use their creativity to build race cars and paddle boats. These projects allow students to use limited materials and their imaginations to create something amazing. The most beloved project by the seventh grade students were the paddle boats. “I think I liked the paddle boats because I enjoyed using the foam cutters,” said Grace Diley. “I enjoyed making the boat and using the cool tools,” said Jaden Reagle.

From a student’s perspective, it seems STEM can really help open students’ minds to other career choices. They can work with computers, aerospace engineering, and so much more. This class will prove to be very beneficial to its students’ decisions as they search for a successful career in the future.

Students take on Edinboro STEM Day

By Paige Coon and Kassidy Trace, staff writers

STEM students gather together at Edinboro University for a group photo.

Saegertown students attended Edinboro STEM Day on Oct. 13.

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics all came into play at Edinboro University on Tuesday, October 13 when a group of select juniors and sophomores attended STEM Day.

On this trip the students got to choose between a psychology and a biochemistry program. Junior Dustin Bierman, who attended the biochemistry program, said, “We learned how to extract DNA from household items like an orange.” These students had the opportunity to tour chemistry labs and witness professors perform experiments.

The students in the psychology program had the chance to talk with psychology professors and learn about the different equipment used in that field. “It was cool seeing all of the different parts of the psychology labs,” said sophomore Kaity Gage. When the programs finished, the students gathered in the planetarium to learn about different constellations. The professor explained where the constellations were located and how the sky changed throughout the night. “I thought it would be a good opportunity for our students,” said science teacher Mrs. Kelli Peters, who accompanied the students on the trip.

Seventh grade STEM students head to the woods

 By Sydney Kightlinger, design editor

Seventh grader Isaac Levis bends a tree so Jane Hetrick can collect leaves for the STEM project.

With the weather quickly changing and Autumn approaching, the seventh grade went to the woods behind the football field on Sept. 19 to collect leaves for their classification projects.

The seventh graders spent the morning with the objective of finding fifteen unique leaves. “It is good we are outside, but I can’t reach the leaves,” said Jaden Reagle. The trees had to be “chest high” (4.5 feet) and 14 centimeters in diameter.

As the leaves were collected, the students wrapped them in newspaper and pressed them between their textbooks for preservation; however, some students felt that the lack of tree variation made for difficulties in creating a diverse collection.  “A lot of the trees are the same and they are high,” said Landis Crawford.  

This is the first phase of the ongoing classification project, which will continue in mid-October as they progress into the scientific inquiry and classification units. Overall, the outdoor adventure of the classification project was well received. “The outside is a lot of fun, Jack, but sometimes you walk into spider webs,” said Jane Hetrick.