Congratulations to Matthew Bellavia, Beaver Lake Middle School student, who was one of eight middle school winners selected in the fourth annual National STEM Video Game Challenge competition. The competition featured 13 categories from top original video game design to game design concepts. Matthew was recognized as a GameMaker for his video game “Gravity Galaxy,” which was selected from nearly 4,000 entries.
The winners were recognized at a family gaming celebration on June 27 at the Fred Rogers Studio at WQED in Pittsburgh.
The STEM Challenge, presented by the Smithsonian in partnership with E-Line Media and the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop, aims to motivate interest in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) among students in grades 5-12 by tapping into their enthusiasm for playing and making video games.
“The National STEM Video Game Challenge helps unlock the incredible potential of the next generation of game designers,” said Michael H. Levine, Executive Director, The Joan Ganz Cooney Center. “We are thrilled to honor the great work of these students who demonstrated creativity and the 21st century skills needed to build engaging and educational games.”
Congratulations to Michael Guo, Beaver Lake Middle School student, who won second place at the 2015 American Protégé International Piano and Strings Competition. Michael competed in the Junior Category and performed “Flight of the Bumblebee” at Carnegie Hall in New York.
Congratulations to Vincy Fonk, Lorrin Johnson, Issabelle Hayden, Lauryn Hepp, Carlyn Schmidgall, and Sally Rim who placed sixth in the nation at the recent National History Day Competition in Washington D.C. The team of Vincy Fonk, Lorrin Johnson, and Issabelle Hayden were awarded for their senior group exhibit of Edward R. Murrow and the team of Lauryn Hepp, Carlyn Schmidgall, and Sally Rim were awarded for their senior group website featuring John F. Kennedy and the Cuban Missile Crisis. Along with placing sixth in the nation, Vincy Fonk won a trip to New Orleans for the opening of the WWII History museum this fall.
On June 12, Newcastle Elementary School held a science symposium that featured plant experiments designed and executed by 5th grade students. Projects ranged from acid rain tests to space constraints to the impact of pests. Prior to the symposium, groups of students gathered data, graphed results, and researched the real world applications of their findings. Families, local scientists, and middle school teachers were invited to the symposium to hear students present the real world applications of their findings. Liza Rickey, 5th grade teacher shared, “The students did an amazing job showcasing their findings and sharing their discoveries with an authentic audience.”
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