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STEM Design Challenge at ThermoFisher Scientific

Students were challenged to create a machine that can remove harmful material from a body of water.  Teams were required to build a prototype of their idea utilizing the provided K'Nex pieces. They were judged on their design, drawings, teamwork, narrative, creativity, and presentation.
The teams were judged by engineers from ThermoFisher Scientific. They really struggled making decisions and took an extra half hour or so to decide. In the end, the Edgewood team of Cameron Vance, Beth Toner, Austin Bowling and Bettina Whetstone won the award for Best Technical Knowledge. While the team of Reid Melampy, Jake Adkins and Ashton Husvar did not get a trophy, the judges made a point to find them later and offer many words of extra encouragement. Other participants were Olivia Banks, Alex Bonapfel, Morgan Donathan, Jackson Frey, Brooklyn Nichols, MacKenzie McIntosh and Kylie Marcum.
We are very proud of all the students. It was a fun experience for the participants and coaches. They did a great job and represented EMS well. 

Thanks to Mr. Lee Chandler, Mr. Bill Poehner, Mr. Kurt Lemke and Mrs. Mary-Jo Murphy for your leadership and encouragement as well as to Mr. Dave Slamer, Mrs. Maureen Ruether, Mr. Russ Fussnecker, and Ms. Amy Claywell, from Butler Tech, for your support.