Augusta student’s history project featured by Smithsonian

Augusta student Madelyn Davis created an online showcase about Vel Phillips, the first African American woman to graduate from the UW–Madison law school.

 

An Augusta student’s project about a Wisconsin civil rights icon has been featured on the Smithsonian’s website, according to the Leader-Telegram.

Eleventh grader Madelyn Davis, a student at Wildlands Science Research School, researched and created a project about Vel Phillips, the first African American woman to graduate from the UW–Madison law school. Davis’ work is one of 51 nationwide featured in a Smithsonian online showcase.

Davis told the newspaper she was looking for a Wisconsinite who made a difference in civil rights through nonviolence.

“I was interested in Vel Phillips because she worked tirelessly to change the living conditions for Blacks living in the Inner Core in Milwaukee,” Davis said. “Vel Phillips used peaceful protests and her platform as a council member to change rights for Blacks in Milwaukee for future generations.”

Wildlands Science Research School is a charter school authorized by the Augusta Area School District.

 

Read more about her project at the Leader-Telegram.

191 Greenfield High School Sophomores Collaborate on Pandemic Book, ‘QuaranTEENed’

Teens read book
Sophomores at Greenfield High School collaborated on a book about life during the pandemic.

 

The pandemic-era reflections of 191 Greenfield High School sophomores have been put together in a book called “QuaranTEENed,” CBS-58 reports.

The book, which started as a classroom assignment, contained vignettes from students who wrote about Covid, how the lockdown affected them and what they’ve learned. 

“When people look at this, I want them to realize that we’re just teens and we had to like go through this strange period, this strange new world, sort of,” said Cadence Brown. 

Read the full story and watch the video at CBS-58.

 

High school diesel mechanic training facility under construction in Casco

Construction project
A high school diesel mechanic training facility is under construction in Casco.

 

CASCO — A high school training facility for diesel mechanics is under construction in Casco, reports Green Bay-based WFRV-TV.

The program is a partnership between Northeast Wisconsin Technical College, the Luxemburg–Casco School District and local businesses.

“It really is meeting an industry need by doing something creative,” Superintendent Glenn Schlender told the TV station. “This is the first ever program in cooperation with a technical college, where kids can earn a technical diploma in diesel shop mechanics, along with their high school diploma.”

WFRV-TV has the full story and the video here.

Medford Teams Take 1st, 2nd in Design Competition

Project Lead the Way photo collage

 

Medford Area Senior High School teams took first and second place in a recent Project Lead the Way Engineering Design Competition, the Milwaukee School of Engineering reports.

Alexis Fleegel and Veronica Diercks took first for creating a speaker system for smart phones that does not require batteries. Tahtankka Damm and Logan Searles took second for making a sliding and folding truck bed accessory to help people retrieve hard-to-reach items safely and quickly.

The first-place team receives a $4,000 scholarship and the second-place team receives a $1,000 scholarship; both receive funding for new product development assessment by the Wisconsin Innovation Service Center

Their teacher is Tracy Swedlund.

Project Lead the Way Engineering says it “empowers students to step into the role of an engineer, adopt a problem-solving mindset, and make the leap from dreamers to doers.”

Learn more at the MSOE post.

 

Omro High School Team Is Winner in National STEM Contest

Omro High School team
This Omro High School team was one of five winners of the national Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest.

OMRO — A team from Omro High School is one of five winners of a national engineering contest that challenges students to solve problems in their communities, according to a story on DPI-ConnectEd.

The team built a sensor to determine ice thickness in real-time and relay it to an app called Stat-Ice. Their goal is to help anglers and others make educated decisions about going out on the ice.

About 8,000 people fall through the ice and drown each year.

The team wins $100,000 in technology and supplies. They’re continuing to work on the prototype and have applied for an MIT grant to help them refine it and work toward patents.

See the full story on DPI’s website.

Picture of Omro ice-sensor machine
Students from Omro High School built this sensor to detect ice thickness in real time and send it to an app.

 

 

 

Wheatland Center School students recognized in national STEAM design challenge

Wheatland Center School's Team Reef Guardians
Wheatland Center School recently received recognition in a national STEAM design challenge

 

BURLINGTON — A team from Wheatland Center School earned a second place finish in a national STEAM design challenge, according to a story in West of the i.

Students from Wheatland’s personalized learning academy, PATHS, participated in the Biomimicry Youth Design Challenge, which asks middle and high school students to design solutions to the climate crisis.

Team members receiving recognition were Jaini Beck, Mason Biehn, Safyire Guthrie, Gavin Heriford, and Ronan Bacle. Students were awarded $750 to be spent on future school projects.

Wheatland Center school recently received recognition in a national STEAM design challenge
Wheatland’s team created a concept for protecting coral reefs from UV radiation and rising ocean temperatures that cause coral bleaching. They created a floating underwater shade structure inspired by giant lily pads and the UV-reflecting properties of spiders’ webs.

The students created “Reef Guard,” which protects coral reefs from UV radiation and rising ocean temperatures. They created a floating underwater shade structure inspired by giant lily pads and the UV-reflecting properties of spiders’ webs.

Judges said praised the team’s choice of topic and approach.

“I actually learned how the bleaching process works from their research and had not realized the algae connection. Their research is commendable, and the engineering they applied and the testing they did was very impressive.” said judge Scott Randall.

To learn more about the challenge and this year’s winners, visit their website.

The full story is posted at West of the i.

Three Lakes Fab Lab creates 100+ face shields for local first responders, businesses

Three Lakes Fab Lab Director Nate Koch and face masks
Three Lakes Fab Lab Director Nate Koch has been helping to make face masks for first responders.

 

THREE LAKES — Though the Three Lakes School District’s fab lab has had to pause its hands-on STEAM education during the pandemic, it continues helping its local community.

The fab lab (short for fabrication laboratory) has created 95 face shields for the Oneida County Sheriff’s Office, 12 for a local grocery store and 10 for another local business, fab lab director Nate Koch says. Face shields are believed to be an effective way to prevent the spread of COVID-19, as detailed in this April article in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

It’s far from the first time the fab lab has helped its local community. Other projects have included the design and creation of magazine holders for the local library and models for the local railroad club.

The fab lab was also profiled in the December 2015 issue of Wisconsin School News.

To learn more about the fab lab, visit their website.

Williams Bay school history club designated as one of top 10 in nation

Officers of the Williams Bay History Club
The officers of the 2019-2020 Williams Bay History Club gather in a lecture hall at Williams Bay High School.

 

WILLIAMS BAY — The Williams Bay History Club has been designated as one of the top 10 in the nation by the National History Club, according to a story in the Lake Geneva Regional News.

Robert Nasson, president of the National History Club, said the Williams Bay chapter was chosen because of its outstanding community involvement in activities such as maintaining Frost Park, hosting fundraisers, coordinating field trips and participating in the annual History Bowl competition.

“Williams Bay’s club is very active in the community,” Nasson said. “They’re just consistently spectacular in what they do.”

Williams Bay History Club adviser Deb Soplanda said she was proud the club was chosen out of hundreds of chapters t

ughout the nation, and she was glad that students’ work was being recognized.

“It’s great for the kids to see what they do and how they do it really does make a difference, and is noticed on a national level,” she said.

 

Read the full story at the newspaper’s website.

Sevastopol underwater robotics team takes 2nd at competition, headed to nationals

Sevastopol eighth graders pose with their awards.

SEVASTOPOL — A team of Sevastopol eighth graders built an underwater robot to take second place in a regional competition, according to a story in the Door County Pulse.

For taking second in the Feb. 22 regional competition, the team is headed to the University of Maryland for the 2020 International SeaPerch Challenge from May 30-31.

SeaPerch is an underwater robotics program that teachers engineering and science concepts through the assembly and use of a remotely operated vehicle. 

The team is also trying to raise additional funds to cover the estimated $2,500 it needs to attend an international challenge. 

Read the full story here.

If you’d like to learn more about robotics in Wisconsin (with information about how to get started) read this article in the January issue of Wisconsin School News.

Hayward high schooler to graduate with technical diploma

Hayward student sits next to computer.

HAYWARD — A Hayward High School student has become the first to enroll in a dual enrollment technical diploma program offered by Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College (WITC) and the Hayward Community Schools, according to a story in the Sawyer County Record.

Austin Conner, a senior, is earning both college and high school credit.

“Soon, students at HHS will be making their course selections for next year.  Hopefully they will take advantage of the savings of earning college credit for free while in high school,” instructor Julie Thompson told the newspaper.

Read the full story.