How can STEM thinking solve a problem and improve the quality of life for others?
That's the challenge that nine Kildeer Countryside School District 96 Woodlawn 8th graders spent their Flex class time earlier this school year considering.
Their idea is one that appeals to anyone who has ever slipped and skidded on icy surfaces: Develop ice-melting mats, powered by battery and linked to a cell phone app. Strategically spaced sensors in the mat would turn on heat to prevent snow and ice accumulation in the area covered by the mat.
With support from Woodlawn Instructional Aide Adam Swerdlow and Science Coach Nicole McRee, the students submitted their proposal to the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Competition–a national contest for students in grades 6–12 designed to boost interest and proficiency in STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering, and math).
The new year brought news that these Woodlawn students have advanced in the competition–and that Woodlawn has been awarded $15,000 and a video kit.
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Their next step is to submit a video proposal, competing with 100 state winners.
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