10 teams from 9 different high schools signed up for the first edition of the Goodyear STEM Student Challenge. Of these, 7 made it into the finals for a live demonstration of their projects.
The finals will be held on July 9 at the Edward Steichen high school in Clervaux. In parallel, the high school also organizes the 8th edition of the Makerfest, with numerous workshops to participate in.
What is the Goodyear STEM Student Challenge?
The Goodyear STEM Student Challenge is intended to bring the students, Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) principals more closely. The task of this first edition of the challenge was to build a clever machine intentionally designed to move a load of model tires with an inflatable Goodyear airship in an indirect and overcomplicated fashion.
What is the outcome of this first edition of the challenge?
A short appetizer video of the different projects is above.
The complete videos of all the machines in action can be found here:
The winners of this first edition of the Goodyear STEM Student Challenge will be declared on July 9 at the Edward Steichen high school, after a last evaluation of the machines by a cross-functional jury panel. It will be composed of representatives from following institutions and organizations: the ANEIL (National Association of Luxembourgish Students in Engineering), Da Vinci (Association of Engineers, Architects, Scientists and Industrials Luxembourg), FEDIL (The Voice of Luxembourg’s Industry), the FNR (National Research Fund), LIST (Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology), the Luxembourg Science Center, the University of Luxembourg, and of course Goodyear.
What did the individual groups learn during the challenge?
Below some feedback views from the students:
„It is incredible, what one can achieve with simple materials.“
„Most of us always thought that those school subjects are only theoretical knowledge. Now, we noticed how we can use the different aspects of physics and math which now appear way more practical than before.“
„The more time we were spending on working on our machine, the more we started paying attention in class and the more we truly saw a reason why we had to study all those physical laws.“
Also the teachers noticed a positive progression in their students:
„The students have learned to put the theory into practice. They start to see science everywhere and show more interest in the things around them.“
Can I join the finals on July 9?
Yes, everyone is welcome to join the finals of the Goodyear STEM Student Challenge on July 9 at the Edward Steichen high school in Clervaux. All the machines will be put into action, and the last points distributed by a cross-functional jury panel. The day will climax into the prize-giving ceremony late afternoon.
On July 8 and 9, the Edward Steichen high school also hosts the 8th edition of the Makerfest, with workshops for ages. Thus, it is the perfect place to finish off the 2018/2019 school year! More information about the Makerfest can be found under http://lesc.makerspace.lu.