West Geauga Middle School seventh-graders Ella Manolio, from left, Isabella Intorcio, Sam Taurasi, Evan Koren, Riley Nelson, Spencer Coleman and Andrew Carroll use STEM problem solving to launch projectiles in the school hallway with machines they designed and created.


Launching projectiles with STEM

Seventh-graders at West Geauga Middle School spent time learning how to use STEM problem solving models to complete a project.

For the project, the students were asked to design and create a machine to launch a projectile following a specific set of criteria. Students then demonstrated to the class and measured the results. This project is part of the ongoing STEM curriculum in the district, implemented to prepare middle school students for the rigors of high school science and math.

Local author visits Westwood

Author and Chester resident, Mary C. Ryan, recently visited Westwood Elementary to share her love of storytelling and spend time with students.

During her visit, she read excerpts from her books, answered students’ questions and autographed students’ copies of her work. As part of the activities, Westwood students, families and staff all read Ms. Ryan’s book, “The Secret Day in the West Woods” and participated in week-long activities related to the book.

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