6th grade Extraordinaires Science Design Challenge & 8th grade Rube Goldberg Challenge | New Jersey STEM Month Event

Hosting Organization: Readington Middle School
Event Date:3/9 – 3/15 & 3/22 – 3/28
Total Attendees: 385

Readington Middle School celebrated New Jersey STEM Month with two massive collaborative STEM projects that brought over 380 students into the Library Media Center. Kicking off the festivities was a science design project for the sixth grade that started on New Jersey Makers Day. Using the Extraordinaires Design Studio kit, students were broken into groups and given a fantastical “client” that needed a product designed for them.

In their science classes, students were given time to learn about the design needs of their client, whether it was a merman, teenage vampire,or snow queen. They completed a proposal, created a sketch, and built a prototype out of makerspace materials before presenting their design to the class. The second project took place later in the month during 8th grade science classes. Applying concepts from a recent physics unit, students constructed two immense Rube Goldberg machines spanning over a hundred feet of bookcases, tables, and floor space. Thanks to the New Jersey STEM Pathways Network, makerspace supplies and tools were purchased that supported both initiatives. “