The West Tennessee STEM Hub sponsored the first annual STEM Challenge Summit on May 2, 2014 at the Memphis Zoo. Teams of students from five high schools and one middle school presented their plans for redesigning or renovating the zoo’s aging herpetarium. Two schools presented scale models of their designs.
East High School won in the first division; Southwind High School won the second division. Dresden Middle School won the middle school section.
This project encouraged students to approach the situation from all aspects of STEM. The student teams had to consider the types of animals to be housed and maintained in their design including the variety of required environments and climates. They had to explore technology options for providing a safe and naturalistic habitat. In addition, the teams developed the actual structure including calculating the necessary space requirements for each animal. The STEM Hub Master Teachers created lesson plans and activities to help teachers prepare their students to participate in the challenge.
As students completed this challenge, they explored several aspects of STEM by responding to the following questions:
The STEM Hub Master Teachers created lesson plans and activities to help teachers prepare their students to participate in the challenge.
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