Every year, the Colonial Intermediate Unit (IU) 20 holds a K’Nex STEM Challenge, in which students are challenged to build an object with K’Nex. For the 2019 contest, students were asked to create a machine that is able to move three different objects off the ground at different times, and at least six inches in distance.
Taking part in the challenge, six innovative groups of our fourth and fifth graders showcased their K’Nex machines at the Lower School on Tuesday, February 26th. During each presentation, students also shared their building process journal entries, which recorded their challenges and successes of working together and pictures of their progress.
In year’s past, the IU allowed for six teams with a maximum of four participants per team to compete at the K’Nex STEM Challenge regional tournament, which will be held this year on Friday, March 8th in Tannersville, PA. However, due to the increased interest this year, the IU is only permitting three teams per school. To help determine which teams would move forward, we recruited Middle School Director Mr. John Donecker, Middle School Mathematics Department Coordinator Mrs. Alison Overdorf, and sixth-grade science teacher Mrs. Michelle Leyesa as judges. Using the official rubric, our judges- who were impressed with all the students’ creative designs- selected the following teams to compete at the regional level:
- Team 4: Aveer Chadha ’26, Shaan Aiwaldi ’26, Anika Mehta ’27, Felix Eyvazzadeh ’27, and Sira Powell ’27 (Created a Backhoe)
- Team 5: Milan Nikolov ’26, Peyton Lauden ’26, Peyton Falzone ’26, and Charlotte Best ’26 (Created a Crane/Forklift)
- Team 6: Nicholas Rodney ’26, Nikhil Skandan ’26, Max Williams ’26, and Xavier Tongg Weiler ’26 (Created a Crane/Forklift)
Congratulations to the three other participating teams:
- Team 1: Ian Dunn ’27, Javier Rosa ’27, Caleb Greene ’26, Iosif Zavilevich ’26 (Created a Crane)
- Team 2: Eoghan Dowdle ’27, Gavin Cascino ’27, Shiv Patel ’26, and Chloee Dahl ’26 (Created a Bulldozer/Crane)
- Team 3: Olivia Seymour ’27, Henrik Olesen ’26, Arman Guarasi ’26, and Misha Desai ’26 (Create a Crane)
Thank you to our judges and all our students for putting their best effort forward!