Model Skyscrapers Rising at CCIU’s Regional Challenge

During Tuesday’s work session the CASD discussed a possible 3.1% tax hike and plans to lease Gordon Elementary.

Reigning state champions from East Vincent Elementary and Octorara Intermediate School will aim to rise to the challenge of outdesigning the model skyscrapers of 22 other competitors in this year’s regional STEM competition hosted by the Chester County Intermediate Unit (CCIU) next Friday, March 4, in Downingtown.

The science-, technology-, engineering- and math-boosting contest will pit those four-person teams against each other in a two-hour race to conceive and construct a weight-bearing and environmentally friendly building at least a meter tall using only K’Nex parts and a motor.

“This project will teach teamwork, creativity and presentation skills,” said Diane Thomson, organizer for the third annual CCIU event.

The end results will be judged on design, creativity, teamwork, challenge success and presentation by industry experts from Thermo Fisher Scientific, Omega Design Corp., Fogmaker North America, the Chester County Economic Development Council, Palace Packaging Machines and Elmark Packaging.

The top three teams in two age categories — elementary and middle school — will earn awards, including a trip to the state competition on May 16.

Other supporters will also join the CCIU in fostering STEM skills through the competition, including the CCEDC’s Career Exploration Program, Chick-fil-A and Urban Air Trampoline Park.

Learn more about the CCIU’s annual STEM Design Challenge here.