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Brynn Smith, 8th Grader Recognized by Disney for Water Park Design

Teaching STEM during these remote learning times is challenging since it is a project-based curriculum, but the students did an exceptional job with this project.  

Students in 7/8th grade STEM at West Branch Middle School competed a Theme Park Ride Attraction for Walt Disney World.  The students followed the remote learning program by completing exercises using the Design Process.  Engineers from Walt Disney World explained to the students how Theme park Rides are designed and built.  After many lessons from the engineers, it was their turn to design/and build their ride attraction which included vehicle, the track, and the theme using storyboards.  The students took the challenge and created/designed and built some amazing rides. The students would upload their pictures or take a video of their ride attraction and explained their ride in a Google Meets platform.  Some of the Ride attractions will be submitted to the engineers of Walt Disney world for critique and the possibility of using the ideas from our students.  Applying what they learned through the Design Process speaks volumes on how this lesson applies to the real world and prepares our students for 21st-century skills.  

Brynn's design is a waterpark ride that she designed and built using many Disney Characters.  She has a story to her ride as well as the lazy river for her raft to ride

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