LBMS was one of eight Northeast Ohio school districts competing in two middle school STEM activities – The Junior Solar Sprint (JSS) and KidWind Challenge – and a public speaking event, TED Talk Jr. Participating schools were Eastlake, Brecksville, Boardman, Tallmadge, Perry, Hawken and Streetsboro middle schools, as well as LBMS. The events were held at UA’s InfoCision Stadium.
LBMS students won the top JSS car in the U.S. Department of Energy’s NREL Junior Solar Spring. JSS student teams applied math, science and creativity to design, construct and test model solar-powered cars and race them on a 20-meter track.
LBMS students also won the top non-geared wind turbine in the KidWind Challenge, in which students\design a model wind turbine within constraints to generate the most amount of energy within a wind tunnel.
LBMS students also won the Spirit award. About 50 LBMS students, parents and chaperones, along with a WHS teacher and student helpers, attended with help from a PTA staff grant. The PTA approved $1,349.92 to pay mileage costs for buses to the contest, as well as a $526.90 grant to buy LEGO Mindstorms for LBMS Technology/Engineering teacher Kurt Thonnings’ classes.