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Middlesex YMCA campers finish first in STEM competition

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Above from left are Middlesex YMCA STEM team members Brittany Thornton, Adrian Austin, Andrew Horton, Lillian Young, Bobby Trombley, Asher Griffin, Jennifer Young and Elliott Austin. Not pictured are Hunter House and Tyler Price.

The Middlesex Family YMCA sent eight summer camp kids to the Peninsula Metropolitan YMCA STEM Fair on August 18. STEM is an educational pipeline for children interested in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). 

The STEM challenge that was proposed to the 2014 YMCA summer campers was to design and build a shock-absorbing system that will protect two “astronauts” when they land. The campers could only use paper, plastic straws, cardboard and mini-marshmallows. The two astronauts were represented by two big marshmallows. Led by summer camp counselor Brittany Thornton, the Middlesex Y kids excelled at this challenge. 

“The Middlesex YMCA Summer Camp is super proud of our campers and counselors!” said Y program director Rebecca Panis.

Read the rest of this story in this week’s Southside Sentinel at newstands throughout the county, or sign up here to receive a print and/or electronic pdf subscription.

posted 08.20.2014

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