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West Branch eighth-grade students Eliza Hirst and Presley Egli work on programming Sphero RVR bot to spell out ‘WB.’ (Submitted photo)

On April 19, West Branch students shared projects from STEM courses with the community. The STEM Community Night event was an opportunity for the district to showcase its growing STEM opportunities and recognize program sponsors.

The district’s old gym was abuzz with activity as dozens of students shared projects and demonstrations with guests at the school. Students from the Intermediate School STEM classes all the way through the High School Advanced Placement Computer Science Principles class offered a peek into the knowledge gained in the classroom. Visitors got a chance to learn about more than 20 student projects, including robot demonstrations, coding projects, 3D printing, a prosthetic hand, hand sanitizer and more.

In 2020, West Branch expanded its STEM offerings through the support of generous donations from community members, local businesses and organizations. The newly introduced curriculum includes courses from Project Lead the Way and InventorCloud. These courses offer students an introduction to medical science, computer science, engineering and more.

During the event, the district recognized the STEM program sponsors for the 2020-2021 school year. The program sponsors for the 2020-2021 school year were: Aultman Alliance Hospital, BOC Water Hydraulics, Butech Bliss, CTM Labeling System, Damascus PIE, FedEx , MAC Trailer, Morgan Engineering, Middle School PIE, Salem Community Hospital, SES, Simmers Crane, Sebring West Branch Foundation and an anonymous donor.

Continued donor support will allow the district to add additional classes throughout all buildings with several focuses. Human Body Systems, Principles of Engineering, and another Computer Science course are targeted to begin next school year with the appropriate financial support.

West Branch students McKenna Woost, Leah Irey, Kylah Stryffeler, Alinee Bacconi, Ellie Tucker and Audrey Eaton share what they have learned about foot orthosis in their STEM class.
(Submitted photo)

A number of sponsors have already extended their support with a commitment to sponsor these growing programs for the 2021-2022 school year, including Aultman Alliance Hospital, Butech Bliss, CTM Labeling System, Simmers Crane and an anonymous donor.

Organizations and individuals who are interested in sponsoring, providing mentorships or internships, or other ways to support the West Branch STEM programs can contact Evelyn Woods, high school assistant principal and STEM coordinator at evelyn.woods@wbwarriors.org.

West Branch Intermediate students Charlee Campbell, Aislyn Ring and Tenley Stitle stand with teacher Scott
Hesley and
Principal Fritz Schlueter to share wind cars, McGuyver wind lift and prosthetic hand projects. (Submitted photo)

West Branch Middle School students Calee Ruthrauff and Arya Patell share 3D printing
projects.
(Submitted photo)

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