Hayden Elementary hosts STEAM Challenge Day

Fourth graders from Hayden, Locust Fork, and Southeastern came together Friday for Hayden Elementary’s first STEAM Engineering Challenge Day. The 40 students were divided into eight teams to accomplish activities ranging from coding, Legos and

Fourth graders from Hayden, Locust Fork, and Southeastern came together Friday for Hayden Elementary’s first STEAM Engineering Challenge Day. The 40 students were divided into eight teams to accomplish activities ranging from coding, Legos and

snap circuits, breaking out from an escape room, and the zip line challenge.

First and second place awards were determined by scores from the zip line challenge. Teams were judged on the completion of building a device that would successfully carry a ping pong ball the distance of two zip lines. The first was a 30 degree-sloped line that was five feet long. The second was a 20 degree-sloped line that was 15 feet long. In order to earn points, the device had to travel the entire distance of the 15-foot line with faster times earning more points.

The Winning Wildcats finished first. The Mighty Mustangs came in second. The event was sponsored by Traditions Bank and the Blount County Education Foundation.

“STEAM activities are a great way to get students working together to solve a challenge or real-life problem,” said Monica Moorer, Hayden Elementary media specialist. “The acronym stands for science, technology, engineering, art, and math. Students use the engineering design process to complete tasks while adhering to constraints. These activities are critical in developing student inquiry and critical and analytical thinking skills.”