STEM Design Challenge


    March 9, 2018

    Two teams of East Vincent students participated in the annual Chester County STEM Design Challenge tournament.  The teams were charged with making a K’Nex prototype of their original invention that would make life better, safer, and cleaner. 

    East Vincent at County Tournament

    In the elementary division, East Vincent was represented by the Extreme Extinguishers, who designed a fire detector & extinguisher, air purifier, and radon fan that are all connected to users phones.  The team impressed the judges with their background research and marketing plan, and they placed 1st overall in the elementary division.  Congratulations to fifth graders Chance Weaver and Andrew Dybicz, and 4th graders Anna Braun and Sophia Shea.

    In the middle school division, the Healthy Hounds team represented our school with their robotic dog who can assist the elderly and disabled, keeping our community safe, healthy, and connected.  The judges loved the impact their invention could make in the lives of users and the eye catching, sophisticated design of their prototype.  Congratulations to sixth graders Jack Snyder, Casey Davies, and Mark Walsh for placing 1st overall in the middle school division.

     Both teams will advance to the state championships in Harrisburg later this year.  Good luck to both teams!


    February 21, 2018

    JAL Nearly 60 East Vincent students participated in the STEM Design Challenge this year -- our largest group ever!  The teams created inventions for our houses that will make our lives cleaner, safer, and better.  Their inventions had to be environmentally friendly.  The judges were highly impressed by the research, creativity, and teamwork on display by each and every team.

    In the elementary division, Team Scooble earned an honorable mention for their stair-climbing robot. 

    One elementary team was selected to advance to the Chester County tournament next month.  Congratulations to Andrew Dybicz, Anna Braun, Chance Weaver, and Sophia Shea of the Extreme Extinguishers Team, who designed a Bluetooth and phone app integrated smoke detector and fire extinguisher.  

    In the middle school division, four teams received honorable mention recognition.  The Crazy Cookers caught the attention of the judges with their device that will mix, prepare, and cook your entire dinner.  Team Jal impressed with a machine that will clear your table, wash your dishes, compost leftovers, and Crazy Cookers reduce water waste.  The Problem-Solving Paws created a cat chair that will also vacuum your house, clean the litter box, and keep the cats entertained.  The Miracle Workers designed a shower that filters and reuses water, reducing electricity and total water usage by over 80%.

    Finally, we’d like to congratulate the 6th grade team that will advance to the Chester County tournament.  Congratulations to The Healthy Hounds, which includes Jack Snyder, Casey Davies, and Mark Walsh.  Their robot dog protects elder citizens and others with disabilities, keeping them safe, healthy, and happy.

    Once again, we’d like all teams who participated in this year's tournament to know that they came up with some extremely clever projects this year.  You are truly amazing!



    This year, East Vincent will once again be offering the chance to participate in the STEM Design Challenge to interested sixth grade students. Teams will be provided with guidance by Mrs. Garman or Miss Mitton. Lab Rats

    After school practices: TBD (info to come in late December 2017).  Pickup will be at the gym lobby doors.
    Teams will also be expected to meet outside of school and official practice times in order to be ready for the East Vincent STEM Design Challenge tournament, which will be held during the school day on February 15, 2018. 
    The judges at the tournament will select one sixth grade team to represent East Vincent Elementary at the Chester County STEM Design Challenge (grades 6 - 8 division) on a March 9, 2018.

    Interested students should have the following qualifications:
    ~Completes assignments on time
    ~Strong public speaking/presentation skills
    ~Able to work well with peers
    ~Accepts and responds well to suggestions for improvement


    Each participating student MUST have their parents register the student for the STEM Design Challenge by Wednesday, December 13, 2017.  Registration will close at 11:59 PM.  Register your student here


    2017 - 2018 CHALLENGE

    Thermo Fisher Scientific has asked your team for help developing a new product for your home. This product can be anything that you can use in your home and it must be environmentally friendly. Thermo Fisher Scientific is working to make the world healthier, cleaner and safer. This product could be (but not limited to) a new way to power your home, a new type of appliance, or a new gadget for home entertainment. Be creative!


    Check out the 2015 Pennsylvania State Champions, The Lab Rats, as they demonstrate their project to the judges.  Keep in mind, last year's challenge was completely different from the 2016 Challenge.


    Three of the teams from the East Vincent STEM Design Challenge Tournament decided to combine all their projects into one long K'Nex contraption after the season was over.  Check it out!   


    TEAMS: Join our Google Classroom to get access to extra resources.  You'll need your account information and this class code: k2p6d9t


STEM Design Challenge Resources