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NCMS 5th Grade Science Extravaganza

By: John Siess and Cooper Hajek

November 27, 2018

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    The fifth graders from Nemaha Central and Saints Peter and Paul joined together in a contest on Wednesday, November 14. The contest was known as the Science Extravaganza and the purpose was to test students' skills in STEM areas. STEM refers to combining Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math to create projects that will achieve maximum results.

    There were two types of events. One event was the onsite build. Those categories were: the Paper Clip Chain, the Marshmallow Tower, and the Aluminum Foil Boat. Another event was an at home build. Those categories were: Popsicle Stick Bridge, Peppermint Races, and Marshmallow Slingshot.

    The Paper Clip Chain was an event that you tried to make a chain out of paper clips that would hold the most weight without breaking in 25 minutes. The materials that you had were a box of small paper clips and pliers to manipulate the paper clips. In this event, the top finisher was Jack Macke from NC, whose chain held 73 pounds.  Second place went to Ben Sudbeck from SPPS, holding 28 pounds and finishing in third place was Henry Tangeman from SPPS with a chain holding almost 17 pounds.

    The Marshmallow Tower was an event where students tried to build the tallest tower out of marshmallows and spaghetti noodles. The goal is to build the tallest structure that will stand on its own using only 50 marshmallows and 25 spaghetti noodles.  In this event, the top 3 finishers were from NC.  First place went to Jolie Jones with a 75 cm tower, second place to Jade Macke, whose tower was 54 cm tall, and the third place honors were received by Kailey Mady and her 52 cm tower.

    The Aluminum Foil Boat was an event when you get a piece of aluminum and make a boat out of it. After you make your boat, you test it by putting it in water and placing pennies in the boat until it sinks. The materials you need for this event are 15 inches of aluminum, pennies, and a container of water. In this event, first place went to Elizabeth Berkley from NC with a boat that held 195 pennies.  Finishing second with 161 pennies in her boat was Jordyn Haverkamp from SPPS and third place was claimed by Cole Deters, from SPPS with 130 pennies in his boat.

    For the Peppermint Racer event, students had to build a car made out of popsicle sticks that was both light and fast.  There was no limitation on the number of popsicle sticks that could be used. The track for the racers was a 53-inch long ramp.  Whoever had the highest performance score, would be the winner. Claire Buessing from SPPS won with a score of 74.47; Savanah Rogers from NC came in 2nd with a score of 74.39. Jolie Jones from NC placed 3rd with a score of 72.67.

    Another competition was the Popsicle Stick Bridge.  Students had to build a bridge that could hold the most weight, by using only 50 popsicle sticks and Elmer’s white glue.  The students were encouraged to research different types of shapes and designs. Nathan Dalinghaus from SPPS won with his bridge holding 82 kilograms.  For 2nd place, Cole Deters and Ellie Hermesh, both from SPPS, tied when each of their bridges held 52 kilograms. Henry Tangeman from SPPS, placed 3rd when his bridge held 48 kilograms.

    The Marshmallow Slingshot was another event.  When building the slingshot, students could use any materials that did not contain a power source.  The slingshot could not be over 12 inches long and 12 inches wide. Each participant got 3 tries to launch a large marshmallow the farthest distance.  Ben Sudbeck from SPPS won with a distance of 52.8 meters on his farthest marshmallow launch. Eli Sudbeck from NC placed 2nd with a launch of 37.32 meters.  Kanin Sudbeck from SPPS placed 3rd with a launch of 28 meters.

    Jolie Jones said “It was fun to see everyone’s projects.”

    Eli Sudbeck said “It was a fun to compete against my classmates.”

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