Two years ago Monticello school district leadership wanted to create a STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) course unlike anything else offered in the area.
The resulting class is required for all eighth-grade students, and the district is moving forward with the course after a successful pilot year.
Jeff Bordwell, who teaches the STEM course, explained to the school board what Monticello eighth graders did during the class last year, gave a preview for the year ahead and even gave school board members and school leaders a first-hand taste of the course with a surprise activity.
Bordwell brought along paper bags containing compact discs, rubber bands, wooden sticks, duct tape and a corrugated plastic sheet.
He allowed school board members and school leaders to work in teams and challenged them to create a self-propelled cart that could travel 10 feet, all within 5 minutes’ time.
See this week’s print edition of the Monticello Times for the complete story.