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Elizabethtown students win regional Governor’s STEM Competition

03/02/2016 Lancaster Online By Kara Newhouse

Elizabethtown Area High School students earned recognition for their creative problem-solving skills in the Governor’s STEM Competition held in Lancaster last week.

Teams of students from six high schools participated in the regional level of the competition on Wednesday at Lancaster-Lebanon Intermediate Unit 13. The day-long event included two parts: in one, the teams were given a box of materials and 30 minutes to complete a set of tasks. They earned points for teamwork and ingenuity.

In the second part of the competition, teams presented a prototype device they created as a practical solution to a problem. Participating teams had been given a budget of $500 for their prototypes.

Elizabethtown's team, which won first place, designed a device to detect deer near roads. The team consisted of seniors Erica Dinse, Brian McMinn, Olivia Nolt, Zach Rago and Autumn Warner. They will advance to the state level of the STEM competition in May. 

Other participating teams and their designs were:

  • Hempfield: a solution for wheelchair-using classmates to retrieve items from their backpacks
  • Lancaster Mennonite: a solution to the energy shortage crisis
  • Northern Lebanon: a solution to turn escaping heat into electricity
  • Penn Manor: a solution to repel deer and other wildlife from entering highways
  • Pequea Valley: a solution to reducing CO2 emissions.
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