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Inaugural Middle School STEM Symposium Highlights WT's Project-Based Learning and STEM Success

Growing student interest and a deep array of Middle School projects over the past several years inspired the Middle School to break from tradition and host its own STEM Symposium – separate from the annual event held in WT's Upper School. In an energizing, hands-on evening of discovery, Middle School students presented projects on topics in Science, Robotics, Math Models, and Computer Science to parents, faculty, and administrators throughout the Middle School classrooms and hallways.

Projects and designs were developed in academic classes and electives, like the RAPID Lab elective (Research, Application, Prototype, Inquiry, Design), including two projects that competed in the Pittsburgh Regional Science & Engineering Fair in March. Several students shared math scale models and wind turbines created using 3D printing and TinkerCAD, and one room was transformed into a Robotics/Computer Science Carnival where attendees played games created in Robotics and Arduino electives.

The Middle School STEM Symposium showcased winning projects and designs, highlighting Middle School students' success in STEM competitions this year. Middle School students have achieved the following accolades:

  • The Middle Science Bowl team was Regional Science Bowl champion and was the only team to represent Pennsylvania at the National competition in Washington D. C. last month.
  • The Middle School Science Olympiad team qualified for the state tournament.
  • Eighth grade student Elie Stenson won the FedEx Ground, Inc. Sponsor Award for her project "Dehumidifier Filtration System" at the Pittsburgh Regional Science & Engineering Fair.