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Submitted by EvanSTEM
Visit the virtual citywide showcase to celebrate students and their work to be held this Saturday, March 13, at 10:00 a.m.
EvanSTEM, a District 65-sponsored initiative, along with co-partner Evanston Public Library and with YMCA MetaMedia, Family Focus, and Digital Divas, are hosting the second annual Cardboard Carnival Challenge Showcase live on Zoom this Saturday, March 13, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Join us to celebrate Evanston’s cardboard engineers and see their amazing work in design construction with motorized moving parts. Over 150 students in grades 4-8 have been working and learning since early January dreaming up themes, designing tracks and obstacles, and coding circuit boards to run motorized moving parts. Hear from these students and visit the online gallery page to view the marble adventures and find your favorites. Get ready to have your mind blown with these ingenious students and all of the amazing and challenging cardboard marble adventures they created.
Here are some highlights for the Showcase hour:
● District 65 Superintendent Dr. Devon Horton will welcome students and honor their engineering know-how.
● Interviews with selected students to highlight their inspirations, ideas, struggles and ultimate successes.
● A highlight reel of the greatest student design elements and marble adventures.
● A tribute to our Marblethon Race Series champion and with a special compilation video of the five races.
● A vote for your favorite Marblethon Marble and your favorite Marbleton Raceway.
● Find out who wins one of 17 great prizes at the raffle finale.
Here’s some feedback from participants and parents:
● I learned how to code and connect the motorized starting gate and how to make cool things out of cardboard!– Liv. H. – Dewey
● You can use recyclable things to do a lot of other things than recycling it. Also, building marble runs is fun. –Walker – Orrington
● I learned how to be a problem solver for problems I met while making my marble run. I also understand gravity and how you need to set things at an angle so it can go fast or slow. — Meredith – Washington
● I hope there will be more STEM activities like this for kids in the future. Our daughter has even asked me to purchase her a circuit board. After this, she wants to take a stab at making wearables with LEDS and sounds.Thank you all for inspiring her and giving her some thing to look forward to in these difficult times. She needed this. Bob M.