Congratulations to “Team Explosive” who placed 3rd in the Catholic Memorial STEM Challenge.

Sixth-grade students recently competed in the Catholic Memorial STEM Challenge. This year, the challenge was to build a Rube Goldberg Machine using recyclable materials and have it run for up to three minutes. A Rube Goldberg machine, contraption, or invention is a deliberately over-engineered or overdone machine that performs a very simple task in a very complex fashion, and usually includes a chain reaction. The expression is named after American cartoonist and inventor Rube Goldberg.

Teams were judged by STEM professionals who awarded points for creativity and use of recycled materials. Students also had to create a video presentation explaining how they designed and built their machine and how it worked. Click here to watch the video presentations. One of the teams placed third out of the sixty teams entered in the competition which is a great accomplishment! This team worked incredibly hard and faced many challenges along the way.

STEM challenges expose students to science, technology, engineering, and mathematical practices and help them discover the value of perseverance and teamwork.