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Rotary adds muscle to Fulton Elementary STEM teams

June 11th, 2022 SanTan Sun News
Rotary adds muscle to Fulton Elementary STEM teams

By Dr. Honora Norton
Guest Writer

The Rotary Club of Sun Lakes (RCSL) supported the A World in Motion (AWIM) program, which was created by the Society of Automotive Engineers Foundation to get elementary students excited about math and science in support of Science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM.)

Ten different classes at Fulton Elementary School worked in design teams to build, test, and race model balloon powered JetToy cars and gravity cruiser vehicles.

The JetToy cars were required to meet specific criteria to travel far and go fast. Jet propulsion, friction, air resistance, and design were the core scientific concepts students explored in this challenge. The cruiser gravity vehicles design concepts included forces, Newton’s laws of motion, gravity, and engineering design.

Last month, each competing class raced in the preliminaries where the top three teams in each class were awarded gold, silver, and bronze medals. Following the class races, the first-place winners raced for the final top race award.

The medals were presented by RCSL/AWIM volunteers. The committee included Rotay President Jon Lyons, Club Event Chair Don Robins, and Bill Giessing, Stan Klein, Bill Klein, Gary Kay, Ana Logan, Bill Crump, Val Crump, and ASU Polytechnic students Lauren Castillo ND Mikayla Castillo.

The committee members, who are residents of San Tan Valley, Sun Lakes and Chandler, were on site for weeks at the school to assist the students with the design, building, and testing their vehicles.

The Rotary Club of Sun Lakes is grateful to the school’s faculty for letting it bring AWIM Program to Fulton Elementary School again. All those involved noted that it is always a wonderful experience for the students.

An updated school award plaque will be presented to Fulton Elementary Principal Shannon Hannon for placement in the school trophy bookcase.