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Build It Better with STC Newark at Newark’s West Side High School
March 28, 2020 @ 8:00 am - 2:00 pm
Schools That Can Newark will host the 5th Annual Build It Better Design Challenge at West Side High School. This one-day team-based STEM program introduces freshmen at the school to the school’s Advanced Manufacturing program, which starts in sophomore year.
Freshmen work in teams to design, manufacture, and present a solution to a challenge that they learn about that morning. The teams must create a team name, identify roles for each team member, then draw out a blueprint of their design. Then, they can start using their limited “money” to buy items such as cardboard, pipe cleaners, and fasteners at the “store.” Then manufacture their product and prepare a marketing pitch. What makes the day even better is that students in the junior and senior Advanced Manufacturing classes volunteer and help run the program. They serve as consultants to the teams (for a fee!), run the store, are the judges, and help with all coordination of the program. We also have guest judges from the community, including various STEM professionals. It is a great program and a lot of fun!