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Western U.P. Maker Challenge 2020 Winners

Provided photo Vincent Bow Pearce, 1st Grade, Catholic Inspiration Academy, gold medal winner for his musical instrument made of recycled materials inspired by the book Ada’s Violin: The Story of the Recycled Orchestra of Paraguay.
Provided photo Molly Koivisto, 4th grade, CLK Elementary; bronze medal winner for her design of a new and unique children’s toy inspired by the book Woosh! Lonnie Johnson’s Super Soaking Stream of Inventions.
Provided photo Jonathan Eikenberry, 1st Grade, Barkell Elementary School, gold medal winner for his new toy design inspired by the book Whoosh! Lonnie Johnson’s Super-soaking Stream of Inventions. 
Provided photo Jerome Bow Pearce, 5th Grade, Catholic Inspiration Academy, gold medal winner for his water collection device inspired by the book The Crayon Man.
Provided photo Ivy Huttema, 4th grade, Arvon Township Schools; silver medal winner for her design of a Guitar made of recycled materials inspired by the book Ada’s Violin: The Story of the Recycled Orchestra of Paraguay.
Provided photo Emily Bow Pearce, 8th Grade, Catholic Inspiration Academy, gold medal winner for her design of a zip-on shoe inspired by the book The Crayon Man.
Provided photo Corbin Eikenberry, 7th Grade, Hancock Middle School, gold medal winner for his musical instrument made of recycled materials inspired by the book Ada’s Violin: The Story of the Recycled Orchestra of Paraguay.

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!

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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