Submitted photo Siemens engineer Kerry Haldeman, right, helps Twin Oak elementary students build a functional and cost effective bridge model in a STEM lab challenge.

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Siemens engineer Kerry Haldeman, right, helps Twin Oak elementary students build a functional and cost effective bridge model in a STEM lab challenge.

MOUNT VERNON — Partnering with Siemens Engineers, Twin Oak students celebrated Engineering Week on Feb. 20 by taking on the STEM challenge to build a bridge that would be weight-bearing and cost effective.

This is the second year Siemens has volunteered their time to share with students about the basic engineering fields and the design process.

By exposing students to STEM and giving them opportunities to explore STEM-related concepts, they will develop a passion for it and hopefully pursue a job in a STEM field. A curriculum that is STEM-based has real-life situations to help the student learn.

As with most STEM challenges, students had limits on materials and time. They planned together and reworked designs when they discovered ways to improve.

 

 

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