Thursday, March 30, 2017

STEM Takes on Speed!

STEM continues to gain momentum in the Berlin-Boylston Public Schools.  On Tuesday, March 21st our Boylston fourth graders hosted their annual Invention Connection, creating new products using the engineering design process and some very good marketing strategies.

The first Girl Hackathon, dedicated to female students in grades 5-7, took place on Saturday, March 25th at Tahanto Regional Middle/High School.  The purpose of this hackathon was to promote the skills and strategies needed for coding to girls in a safe and enjoyable environment.  Sixteen participants and four high school student mentors worked collaboratively to design a game using the Hopscotch app.  Each team then presented their game features to their colleagues.

The feedback from all of the participants and mentors leads us to think about organizing more 'hackathon' events for both girls and boys in the future.  Thank you to the Tahanto PTO, our parent volunteers, Becker College, and their partner facilitators Shayne Gilbert and Kristen Collins for helping us launch this exciting educational event!

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