Streetsboro Middle School students extended their learning beyond the classroom to solve real world problems through the STEM and Soap Box Derby clubs.
The students explore various science, technology, engineering and math challenges through hands-on activities during the extracurricular activity under the director of advisory Jeremy Moulton.
In the STEM Club, students use the Lego Mindstorms platform to build and program small robots to either go through a maze, pick up objects, or battle other bots. This spring, the club members participated in competitions in Columbus, at Kent State University and in Marion.
Teams of students built soap box derby cars after school and then raced against other teams at the Akron Gravity Racing Challenge. This year, nine cars were built. Local community groups and companies sponsoring the cars were Permco, NAPA, Mickey Thompson Tires, Streetsboro Police, People's Alliance for Streetsboro Schools, Defer Tire and Graphic Expressions. Personal Donations were also made by the Gestring Family, Martin Fleming and Ron Fumuch.
Both clubs encourage collaborative decision making, teamwork and problem solving.