During May and June, K-12 students from Houghton, Baraga, Keweenaw, Ontonagon and Gogebic Counties were invited to participate in the Western Upper Peninsula’s Maker Challenge. Students could choose from one of four Maker Challenges to actively involve them in the design thinking process. Each challenge was paired with a STEM themed book where something was built or invented by designing, planning, gathering materials, and creating. In addition to strengthening students’ literacy skills, the participants develop inquiry and problem-solving skills. 

Congratulations to the following winners of the Promoting STEM Through Literature Maker Challenge.  iPod Touches and Visa gift cards were awarded to the following students for their creative inventions! (See the Students’ photos and projects posted on The Daily Mining Gazette Website). 

Name 

Grade

School

Award

Emily Bow Pearce

8

Catholic Inspiration Academy

Gold

Corbin Eikenberry

7

Hancock Middle School

Gold

Jerome Bow Pearce

5

Catholic Inspiration Academy

Gold

Jonathan Eikenberry

1

Barkell Elementary School

Gold

Vincent Bow Pearce

1

Catholic Inspiration Academy

Gold

Ivy Huttema

4

Arvon Township

Silver

Molly Koivisto

4

CLK Elementary

Bronze

The Western UP PSTL Maker Challenge was developed to provide our local students with a fun remote learning opportunity to blend engineering design skills, express creativity and expand literacy through an interdisciplinary STEM project.  We are excited to build onto this successful experience for another Western UP PSTL Maker Challenge next year!

The Western PSTL UP Maker Challenge Contest was Sponsored and Organized By: REMC1, Western UP MiSTEM Network, Copper Country ISD and Gogebic-Ontonagon ISD.

 

 

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Western U.P. Mi-STEM Network Regional Director Lake Superior Stewardship Initiative Program Director
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