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Electralloy/ G.O. Carlson Inc. proudly supported our area’s young engineers through the company’s recent involvement in the annual STEM Design Challenge held at Riverview Intermediate Unit #6, which covers schools from nine Western Pennsylvania counties.

Open to students in two divisions—grades 4th-5th and 6th-8th—this year’s challenge was to create a new transportation system, or improve an existing transportation system using K’Nex and recycled materials to build the projects. Students created blueprints, kept an engineering notebook, built a prototype of their design, and then gave a presentation of their concept to a panel of judges.

Electralloy, which has been committed to supporting this event for several years, supplied gift bags and notepads for the event this year.

The first-place teams will represent Riverview IU6 and their district at the state competition to be held virtually in May this year.

Riverview Intermediate Unit #6 (RIU6) is one of 29 intermediate units across the state of Pennsylvania that provides support programs, training and therapy services to school districts and nonpublic schools in its region.STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) is an educational approach to learning that uses Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics to encourage students to apply critical thinking, problem-solving, and collaboration skills across all of their content areas.

The national STEM Design Challenge is sponsored by Thermo Fisher Scientific.

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