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Homeroom: Wheatland students take home trophy in city design competition

Also recognized are Geography Bee winners, puzzle solvers and creative thinkers


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BY JILL TATGE-ROZELL
jrozell@kenoshanews.com


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A concept for city that uses mountain snow harvesting and hydroponic gardens earned Wheatland Center students the Rookie of the Year award from the StemForward organization at the Future City Competition held at the Milwaukee School of Engineering last week.

The Wheatland students who took part in the contest are part of a new personalized learning program at the school called PATHS (Pursuing Greatness through Choice and Personalization) Academy.

Two teams of seventh- and eighth-grade students began the project in September by creating a virtual city using SimCity software. They also wrote an essay on this year’s theme, Public Spaces, made a project plan, and created a 3D model of their Future City to scale to present to a panel of five judges at the competition.

In addition to snow harvesting and hydroponics, this week’s Standout students created cities featuring wireless energy transfer, innovative transportation systems, phytoremediation, and thermal desorption to rid a brownfield of pollution in order to convert it to a public space.

The PATHS Academy offers a flexible learning environment where students can customize academic paths based on interests and learning styles through project-based activities. Students who chose to be a part of the academy have also built a Rube Goldberg machine, made Newton's Laws videos, read historical fiction novels about World War II, and studied topics of their choice to meet district standards.

Gold Star

This week’s Gold Star goes to Arianna Karow, an eighth grader at Randall School, and winner of the school Geography Bee. Karow will now take a written test in an attempt to advance to the state competition, on a path to the 29th Annual National Geographic Bee. Up to 100 of the top scorers on the test in each state, will be eligible to compete in the Wisconsin State Bee on March 31, 2017.

Kudos also to second-place finisher Ian Kerkman, a fifth grader.

Noteworthy

- Central High School’s SMART team recently toured Marquette University Professor Edwin Antony’s lab and were able to perform a fluorescence resonance energy transfer experiment to measure the rate at which proteins bind to DNA. SMART stands for Students Modeling A Research Topic. SMART teams across the country work with their teachers to review basic protein structure, are paired with a research mentor, build a model of the protein to show its function, and present their research.

- Teams of Randall students recently raced to solve math and critical thinking puzzles and be the first to open a series of locks and save the school from the “Curse of the Mondays.” Teammates Adam DePasquale, Chase Meyers, Emma Beaudoin, Keira Miscinski, Alana Buchanan and Madison Stickler used teamwork and problem solving skills to post the best time.

- Bristol School sixth graders recently showed children are never too old to have fun with a good ole’ cardboard box. Students got creative and learned valuable engineering skills by making a cardboard arcade — complete with a skeeball game and a table-top foosball game. The project was completed during their Response to Intervention class period.


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