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St. Elizabeth Regional School students Tianna and Monica celebrate a successful outcome during a STEM challenge Jan. 4 at the Fullerton school. St. Elizabeth Regional School students Tianna and Monica celebrate a successful outcome during a STEM challenge Jan. 4 at the Fullerton school.
PRESS PHOTOS BY HANNA O’REILLYSecond-graders Clifford and Alex watch to see if their spaghetti structure will support a marshmallow for the required 15 seconds. PRESS PHOTOS BY HANNA O’REILLYSecond-graders Clifford and Alex watch to see if their spaghetti structure will support a marshmallow for the required 15 seconds.
Second-grade students at St. Elizabeth Regional School, Fullerton, work together to create their spaghetti structure during a STEM challenge Jan. 4.PRESS PHOTOS BY HANNA O’REILLY Second-grade students at St. Elizabeth Regional School, Fullerton, work together to create their spaghetti structure during a STEM challenge Jan. 4.PRESS PHOTOS BY HANNA O’REILLY
Alaina patiently waits her turn to test her group’s spaghetti structure. Alaina patiently waits her turn to test her group’s spaghetti structure.
St. Elizabeth’s principal, Linda Schiller, assists students with making the structures. St. Elizabeth’s principal, Linda Schiller, assists students with making the structures.
Odette focuses on how best to build a spaghetti structure to hold a marshmallow. Odette focuses on how best to build a spaghetti structure to hold a marshmallow.

It takes a team

Wednesday, January 30, 2019 by HANNA O’REILLY Special to The Press in Local News

Students tackle STEM task with spaghetti

Did you know there’s a National Spaghetti Day?

Mrs. Bergan’s second-grade class at St. Elizabeth Regional School, Fullerton, knows. In fact, the day is observed Jan. 4, and the students participated in a STEM challenge to celebrate. This STEM challenge required the students to use tape and spaghetti to build a structure. The catch? Each structure was required to support a marshmallow for 15 seconds.

STEM — Science, Technology, Engineering and Math — was implemented to introduce the processes of creating engineering designs while incorporating brainstorming and teamwork techniques along the way. Mrs. Bergan’s class separated into groups and was given 20 strands of spaghetti, meter-long strands of tape, scissors, pencils, paper and meter sticks.

With 18 minutes on the clock, the students worked together to sketch out structure ideas and bring them to life with the hopes of conquering the challenge. Principal Linda Schiller even joined in on the fun, assisting various teams throughout the activity.

The class anxiously watched each structure as it was put to the test. Would it be able to sustain a marshmallow?

No matter the outcome, Mrs. Bergan stressed, “No discouragement, only encouragement” to each student.

This second-grade classroom exemplified a family-like support system throughout the entire challenge, ensuring each student’s effort was appreciated.

“We are a family broken up into little teams,” Mrs. Bergan explained, a motto this classroom stands by with each challenge they take on.