Mid­dle School STEM stu­dents build ar­cade

The Times (Northeast Benton County) - - SPORTS - BY JADEN SMITH Spe­cial to The TIMES

For the past few weeks, stu­dents at Pea Ridge Mid­dle School have been work­ing on a project in STEM (Science, tech­nol­ogy, engi­neer­ing and math) called the Card­board Ar­cade. They were as­signed part­ners and they worked to­gether to make an orig­i­nal ar­cade game us­ing card­board.

Stu­dents were di­rected by teach­ers Quentin Sn­oderly and Am­ber King, who teach sixth- through eighth-grade STEM classes at the Mid­dle School.

On Oct. 5, stu­dents from the Pea Ridge Pri­mary School vis­ited the Mid­dle School and played the games the el­der stu­dents had made. They went around the cafe­te­ria, which is where the stu­dents set up the projects, played the games and earned tickets. After they earned a cer­tain amount of tickets, they could trade in their tickets for a prize. There were dif­fer­ent amounts of tickets as­signed to dif­fer­ent prizes.

The stu­dents learned many things through this project.

They learned to prob­lem solve, to be cre­ative, to work to­gether and to brain­storm. They each thought of their own cre­ative ideas to build their own projects and if some­thing didn’t work out, they used prob­lem solv­ing to fix that prob­lem. They worked to­gether with a part­ner with whom they may or may not have been fa­mil­iar and still came up with great ideas. Each idea was very cre­ative be­cause they had to come up with their own game and not use a game that was al­ready in an ar­cade.

Mr. Sn­oderly said he is look­ing for­ward to do­ing this project next year.

“Stu­dents seemed to re­ally en­joy it,” he said. “The Pri­mary (stu­dents) were en­gaged, had fun and re­ally lied play­ing the games.”

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Mid­dle School stu­dents treated stu­dents from the Pea Ridge Pri­mary School to an ar­cade game ex­pe­ri­ence as part of a STEM project.

Pri­mary School stu­dents en­joyed play­ing ar­cade-style games aided by Mid­dle School stu­dents re­cently.

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