Students From Carol McElroy’s Class Win Design Challenge

February 7, 2023 By International Technology and Engineering Educators Association (ITEEA)

The International Technology and Engineering Educators Association (ITEEA) Elementary STEM Council is proud to announce the winners of the 2022 Grand Design Challenge: Carol McElroy’s class at Mulberry Street.

The Grand Challenge encouraged students and educators to think about solutions and challenges affecting all our lives. In 2022, elementary students from around the world worked in small design teams to develop or modify a product or device to assist children with limited mobility with folding their laundry. This year’s submissions impressed the judges with the elementary students’ use of the engineering design loop, testing of products, refining of products, and serious consideration of external factors.

Carol McElroy’s class is a Center-based Emotional Support Class in Lancaster-Lebanon IU13 at the Mulberry Street School. The class, including: Nick, David, Emma, Sandy, Kassie, Jeremiah, and Josiah worked with support from their STEM teacher, Ms. Fellows, to complete their project. This year was the class’s first year participating in a formal STEM class, so they have been focusing on the Engineering Design Process, teamwork, and Growth Mindset. This challenge was a perfect way to practice those skills in a fun and engaging way! Program staff were so proud of the growth they saw in the students in these and many other areas throughout the time working on this challenge! The team won a one-year I-STEM Education Group Membership, one free hotel night in Minneapolis for he 2023 ITEEA conference, and a spot in ITEEA’s 2023 STEM Showcase.

Council President, Dr. Cathrine Maiorca, shared, “On behalf of the Elementary STEM Council, congratulations to Ms. McElroy, Ms. Fellows, and their students for winning this year’s challenge. Although all the submissions offered creative designs, the team from the Mulberry Street School developed an outstanding video to demonstrate their product. They developed an innovative, low-cost machine to fold laundry for individuals with limited mobility.

5 students and 4 teachers smile for a picture in front of a butterfly painted on cardboard.

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