TEAM EFFORT: Brocton represents at STEM Wars

On March 28, the Brocton Elementary School STEM Club participated in the Chautauqua County Elementary STEM Wars. The event was hosted by Southwestern Central School District at the Northwest Arena in Jamestown. The STEM club had multiple teams successfully compete, and combined Brocton students won five first-place, three second-place, and two third-place awards. The areas of competition included robotic programming, marble runs, catapults, poster design, t-shirt design, Maker Faire, and a hackathon. The Brocton robotics team was one of a handful of teams to successfully complete the Dash robot programming challenge. When not competing, students had the opportunity to learn about careers in STEM and how STEM is used by local businesses, the BOCES P-TECH program, the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Department, and the Air Force. Demonstrations of drones and robots used in the workforce were held for students. A few students had the opportunity to control one of the smaller robots. The Prendergast Library was also present and showcased a variety of STEM/Makerspace kits and materials that students were allowed to explore using. This was the first year Brocton Elementary has participated in this event and the first year the school has had a before school STEM Club. Since February, students have been meeting on Friday mornings to create STEM projects and prepare for STEM Wars.


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