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Irvington Seventh-Graders Create Challenging STEM Project

The students then tested the skimmers to see how far they can travel.
The students then tested the skimmers to see how far they can travel. Photo Credit: Contributed

IRVINGTON, N.Y. -- Irvington Middle School seventh-graders enrolled in Project Lead the Way’s design and modeling class recently put their knowledge and skills to the test when they created and tested skimmers as part of a unit of study on measurement.

“They were given a plan or blueprint for making a skimmer and instructed on how to follow it,” said Diana Cassidy, the class’s instructor. “The purpose of the skimmers was to measure precisely, as they will not work if not created accurately.”

The students then tested the skimmers to see how far they can travel. They reflected on the connection between how far their skimmers traveled and how precise their measurements were.

A district-wide initiative, Project Lead the Way has been supported by the grants that the PTSA and Bemis Corporation awarded to the District. PLTW, a nonprofit organization, provides STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) curricula.

PLTW allows students in all schools to apply critical thinking skills, as well as math and science knowledge, to real-life, hands-on engineering and technology projects. For more information on PLTW, click here .

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