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Kenston Forest takes up challenge

Recently, Kenston Forest School students in grades K-12 participated in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) challenge using 21st century skills of problem solving, communication, working in groups and creative building.

Dr. Ruth Ann Horn, director of curriculum instruction, directed the students to build a freestanding structure out of newspapers and masking tape in 30 minutes — one that would hold a basketball for more than 20 seconds.

The students were put in groups of three and were given an endless supply of newspapers and several rolls of masking tape. Basketballs were available to test their structures. Faculty and staff chose the tallest structure from each class. Those structures and all of the students met in the KFS Gym to judge the structures and determine winners.

Many of the students reported they liked the challenge and look forward to the next “whole school challenge.”