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Fifth Graders Design and Create Mask Sanitation Station
Team Competes in Regional STEM Design Challenge

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The Sanitation Station, created by Hans Herr Elementary School's fifth-grade STEM Rollers team, cleans and organizes cloth masks.

The LS STEM Rollers, a creative group of fifth-graders from the Balak-Henry-Bohanan team, recently participated in the Lincoln Intermediate Unit (IU 12) Design Competition. Pennsylvania’s educational service agencies have hosted science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) design challenges for students in grades 4-8 for years. The 2021 challenge was virtual and sponsored by Thermo Fisher Scientific.

“Opportunities are everywhere! Even during a pandemic, we have to take advantage of the opportunities when presented to us,” said Mr. Balak. “This group did exactly that. They used a design process to create something authentic, relevant, and meaningful to the task-at-hand, and I am very proud of their creativity and collaboration towards this challenge!”

This year’s challenge required students to rethink a household product using recyclable materials or K’Nex kits. The LS STEM Rollers decided on a mask rotator to organize and sanitize cloth masks for busy people. Each student conducted independent research before collaborating to build a blueprint. Soon, a prototype of the Sanitation Station was born. Team members tested and refined their creation, then submitted their design notebook, blueprint, and an official video presentation to the judges for consideration.

While the Sanitation Station did not advance to state-level competition, its creators worked hard and gained valuable teamwork, design, and presentation skills. Great things are in store for the LS STEM Rollers!

The LS STEM Rollers

  • Jackie Little
  • Katie Sanborn
  • Alex King
  • Avery Denlinger
  • Peyton Smith
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