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OHS hosts finale of STEM Gems Grant cycle

 

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Science students from Odessa, Wilbur/Creston and Asotin High Schools hosted a finale of the STEM Gems Grant cycle in which Odessa was awarded $5,000. Students presented their independent research and enjoyed a catered lunch.

On Wednesday, May 8, 2019, 16 students from four school districts traveled to Odessa High School to close out the 2019 STEM Gems Grant cycle with a presentation finale. Mic Kohlstedt from The Rural Alliance in Spokane is the director of the STEM Gems Grant where the Odessa Science Department was awarded over $5000 to defray the cost of equipment, travel or any expense related to science research and the promotion of rural students conducting independent STEM activities.

Students from Odessa High School were Megan Shafer, Destiny German, Justin Reninger, Tori Weishaar, Natosha Boss, Josie Westmoreland, Maddie Scrupps, Colton Messer, Chase Kissler and Chloe Winkler. From Wilbur/Creston High School were Wyatt Corrigan, Lily Guthrie, Tristyn Struve, Heidi Kurkowski and mentor Jason Maioho. From Asotin High School were Maia Dykstra, Jake Connor, Asher Dykstra, Joey Hutchins and mentor James Finkbeiner.

The students arrived at 9 a.m., followed by a brief welcoing speech from Odessa science instructor Jeff Wehr. Each student's research project was then presented using a poster board or visual aids. Everyone then was treated to a wonderful lunch provided by The Rural Alliance STEM Gems Grant, catered by the Odessa Golf Course. The students engaged in a mini on-the-spot research quest, compiled their data and concluded that a cell phone wall charger can "stick" to a wall due to heat friction, however, and not some sort of static or electrical charge. After the remaining students presented their research, a group picture was taken and Kohlstedt and The Rural Alliance were recognized for their continued support.

 

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