More than 300 fourth and fifth graders competed last week in Lake County Schools’ Third Annual STEM Bowl, a quiz bowl type of competition that tests students’ knowledge of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).
During the competition, which had a theme of “STEM Strong,” teams of five students’ showed off their problem solving and higher-order thinking abilities — skills that are needed to succeed on Florida’s Next Generation Sunshine State Standards and FCAT 2.0.
Teams were given five minutes to answer complex questions, such as “John took some rabbits to the auction for sale. In the first hour he sold ½ of the rabbits, in the 2nd hour he sold 1/3 of the remaining rabbits. In the last hour he sold 1/5 of the rabbits he had left. John went home with 40 rabbits, how many did he start with?” (Correct answer: 150) Teams that correctly answered the question in the first minute were given 10 points and each minute that passed less points were available for a correct answer.
On Wednesday, third graders from 22 elementary schools squared off in the STEM Bowl. The top three finishers were:
· Clermont Elementary — Wellarose Jimenez, Jacob High, Jordyn Mason, Rebecca Pereira & Dylan Yohn (Team sponsor: Jueanette Harlee)
· Round Lake Charter Elementary — Ava Knight, Brian Thompson, Alexander Bergendal, Ramone Rivers & Elijah Silver (Team sponsor: Michelle Chevalier)
· Pine Ridge Elementary — Tommy Shirer, Sofia Bedard, Adison Goss, Xavier LeMay & Isabella Mims (Team sponsor: Whitney Kreiling)
On Thursday, fourth graders from 22 elementary schools entered the STEM Bowl. The top three finishers were:
· Clermont Elementary — Kennedy McAuley, Mohammad Ibrahim, Kaitlyn Cabrera, Trystan Skipper & Angelina Pancham (Team sponsor: Venessa King)
· Eustis Heights Elementary — Madison Bell, Angeline Morrell, Liam O’Connor, Meredith Boykin & Tyler Van Dyke (Team sponsor: Ramona Lataille)
· Treadway Elementary — Cameron Baker-Small, John Feezor, Grafton LeGare, Clayton Purdy & Haley Wells (Team sponsor: Jennifer Graves)
On Friday, fifth graders from 22 elementary schools competed. The top three finishers were:
· Fruitland Park Elementary — Kamryn Reynolds, Riley Standifer, Avery Standifer, Charles Peeples III & Kayla Sommer (Team sponsor: Kimberly Belcher)
· Leesburg Elementary — Jadon Brandt, Mario Hernandez, Zach Huff, Nephtali Jimenez & Matt Jutkofsky (Team sponsor: Amy Hunton)
· Sorrento Elementary — Caleb Sellers, Anna Paladino, Arianna Miller, Rachel Hawk & Alexis Dysert (Team sponsors: Trista Spencer & Maurice Simmons)
STEM Bowl organizers thanked businesses that provided support for the event. Contributing to the competition were Data Graphics, Rotary Club of Eustis, Educational Foundation of Lake County, SunTrust, Florida Hospital Waterman, Marshall Financial Group, SECO Energy, Educators Outlet, University of Central Florida College of Education, Harden-Pauli Funeral Home, Danny Len Buick GMC, Sonic, Chick-fil-A, Publix, All Aspects Dental and Stephanie Walter Graphics.