Friday Harbor Elementary School STEM Teams win Competitive Science Awards

Posted March 13, 2020 at 5:45 am by

Con­grat­u­la­tions to Fri­day Har­bor students!

Regional Winners: Jodie Wehner and Nancy Wehner - Contributed photo

Fos­ter­ing a sci­en­tif­ic com­pet­i­tive spir­it is well under­way at Fri­day Har­bor Ele­men­tary School!  Three ele­men­tary school STEM Teams have received recog­ni­tion for their work at the nation­al lev­el through Explo­rav­i­sion, spon­sored by the Nation­al Sci­ence Teach­ing Asso­ci­a­tion (NSTA) and the Toshi­ba Company.

These three ele­men­tary school teams start­ed projects in Sep­tem­ber, and worked before and after school, on week­ends and in STEM class with teacher Susan Kareken and men­tors Dena Roy­al and Ayla Rid­wan until mid-Feb­ru­ary. Sub­mis­sions con­sist­ed of a research paper and five web­pages on paper.

Honorable Mention: Orion Macy and Theron Holden - Contributed photo

Accord­ing to the competition’s web­site, “The Explo­raV­i­sion com­pe­ti­tion for K‑12 stu­dents engages the next gen­er­a­tion in real world prob­lem solv­ing with a strong empha­sis on STEM. Explo­raV­i­sion chal­lenges stu­dents to envi­sion and com­mu­ni­cate new tech­nol­o­gy 20 years in the future through col­lab­o­ra­tive brain­storm­ing and research of cur­rent sci­ence and tech­nol­o­gy.”  

Honorable Mention: Azalea Ross, Nadya Troutman, Kaylee Staudt, and Jessie Valencia - Contributed photo

The FHES Region­al win­ners were Jodie Wehn­er (2nd grade), Ava Youngs­man (2nd grade), and Nan­cy Wehn­er (1st grade). Their project was titled Phage­Awayand they worked under their coach/teacher Susan Kareken and men­tor­De­na Roy­al. The Phage­awayproject is a nine state K‑3 Region­al win­ner and will com­pete for the nation­al championship.

Hon­or­able Men­tion was award­ed to the top 5–10% of projects nation­wide. There were only 33 Hon­or­able Men­tions for K‑3 out of 1,000+ K‑3 projects and Fri­day Har­bor teams accounts for two of them.

One of the FHES Hon­or­able Men­tion Teams con­sist­ed of Theron Hold­en (3rd grade) and Ori­on Mar­cy (3rd grade) with their project titled DC Pods. Their coach/teacher was Susan Kareken and men­tor Dena Royal.

The oth­er Hon­or­able Men­tion Team con­sist­ed of Aza­lea Ross (third grade),Jessie Valen­cia (third grade), Nadya Troutman(third grade), and Kaylee Staudt (third grade) with their project titled Odrone.  Their coach/teacher was Susan Kareken and their men­tor was Fri­day Har­bor High School Junior Ayla Ridwan.

The region­al win­ning team who pro­duced Phage­Away will now build an actu­al web­site and (non­op­er­a­tional) pro­to­type of their Phage­Away mini sub­ma­rine to sub­mit in mid-April.

Out of six Region­al win­ners, the top two region­al projects will win the Nation­al Com­pe­ti­tion.  Each stu­dent on those win­ning teams will receive a $10,000 sav­ings bond (1st place) and a $5,000 sav­ings bond for 2nd place along with an expense-paid trip to Wash­ing­ton, DC in June for Explo­raV­i­sion Awards Week­end. Hon­or­able Men­tion teams win a unique prize and cer­tifi­cate for each student.

Accord­ing to Cas­par van Haalen, Fri­day Har­bor Ele­men­tary School Prin­ci­pal, “I am in awe of these stu­dent sci­en­tists as well as their coach and men­tors!  Spe­cial thanks goto Ayla Rid­wan­who, as a high school junior with her own busy life, took the time to help these young­sters suc­ceed. This is a great accomplishment,and Fri­day Har­bor Ele­men­tary School is very proud of them!


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