St. Mary’s Catholic School hosts inaugural Science/Math Day

Saturday, May 11, 2019
Logan Witt, left, and Maverick Grimsley worked to construct their duct tape tower at the inaugural Science and Math Day competition recently held at St. Mary’s Catholic School in Pierce City. In the background, Savanna Hasslewood and Brock Kramer worked to build their tower. Both teams were representing St. Mary’s Catholic School. Contributed photo

Students challenged on a number of technology fronts

Students in fifth through eighth grades at St. Mary's Catholic School in Pierce City pitted their math and technological skills against their peers from St. Peter's Catholic Middle School in Joplin, and St. Lawrence Catholic School in Monett for their first Science/Math Day competition.

Approximately 50 students attended the event, which challenged their science, technology, engineering and math skills with hands-on projects.

Judges and competitors gathered to test and judge the first place duct tape tower constructed by Jayden Apostol and Blaze Batson, fifth and sixth grade students at St. Lawrence Catholic School, during the first Science and Math Day hosted at the school. Contributed photo

“Some of the students really got into it, practicing their projects at home,” said Jason Kramer, principal. “Others just showed up on the day of the competition and did it.”

Projects included making a penny boat from aluminum foil strong enough to hold a number of penny coins before sinking; a duct tape tower strong enough to support a racquet ball; a mouse trap car that could travel over distance; a paper airplane that could fly the longest distance; and a mouse trap catapult, strong enough to launch a Play-Doh ball the farthest distance.

Winners in each category follow:

Hailey Gripka, left, and Claudia Crowell worked to construct their winning aircraft for the paper airplane competition at the recent science and math day competition recently held at St. Mary’s Catholic School in Pierce City. Contributed photo

Math Teams

Fifth and Sixth grades:

Michael Parrigon, St. Mary’s, and Alex Boachick, St. Peter's, first place; Jayden Apostol and Alexis Luebbering, St. Lawrence, second; and Travis Madison and Mia Gripka, St. Lawrence, third.

Seventh and Eighth grades:

Daniel Fajardo, St. Mary's, and J. Adams, St. Peter's, first place; Lanae Witt, and Hayden Kramer, St. Mary's, second.

Penny Boat

Fifth and Sixth grades:

Bethany Lone, St. Mary's, and Kate Slone, St. Peter's, first place; Traven Madison and Trenton Freiburger, St. Lawrence, second; Kasch Eisenhower, St. Mary's, and Trey Veer, St. Peter's, third.

Seventh and Eighth grades:

Trinity Witt and Macy Fenske, St. Mary's, first place; Avery Gardner, St. Mary's, and Abi Street, St. Peter's, second.

Paper Airplane

Fifth and Sixth grades:

Mia Gripka and Blaze Baston, St. Lawrence, first place; Michael Parrigon, St. Mary's and Alex Bohachick, St. Peter's, second; Jayci Fletcher and Kaehler Swearingen, St. Lawrence, third.

Seventh and Eighth grades:

Hailey Gripka and Claudia Crowell, St. Mary's, first place; Karleigh Reber and A.J. Loyd, St. Mary’s, second.

Duct Tape Tower

Fifth and Sixth grades:

Blaze Batson and Jayden Apostol, St. Lawrence, first place; Savanna Hasselwood and Brock Kramer, St. Mary’s, second; Alexis Leubbering and Kennedi Elrod, St. Lawrence, third.

Mouse Trap Catapult

Fifth and Sixth grades:

Isahi Salas and Emiliano Garcia, St. Lawrence, first place; Layton Mack and Addison Avondet, St. Mary’s, second; Mia Gripka and Trenton Freiburger, St. Lawrence, third.

Seventh and Eighth grades:

Braidan Reber and Karleigh Reber, St. Mary’s, first place; Hayden Kramer and Lanae Leavitt, St. Mary’s,

Mouse Trap Car

Fifth and Sixth grades:

Isahi Salas and Emiliano Garcia, St. Lawrence, first place; Savanna Hasselwood and Addison Avondet, St. Mary's, second; Logan Witt and Maverick Grimsley, St. Mary's, third.

Seventh and Eighth grades:

Hayden Kramer and Lanae Leavitt, St. Mary’s, first place; Atley Kleinman and Jillian Mack, St. Mary's, second.

The event was sponsored by Anderson Engineering in Monett.

“I hope to be able to continue these challenges next year,” Kramer said. “Students learned the basic principles in class and then experimented on their own. We enjoyed it. It was a very good day.”