Congratulations Western U.P. Maker Challenge 2020 Winners!

Western U.P. Maker Challenge 2020 Winners


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!


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.