Chisholm Trail students earn creativity award in STEM design challenge
Chisholm Trail students earn creativity award in STEM design challenge
Posted on 11/16/2017
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Chisholm Trail STEAM students

For the third consecutive year, students from Chisholm Trail Middle School represented Northwest ISD at the Bell Helicopter Mission Possible STEM Design Challenge, part of the recent Bell Helicopter Fort Worth Alliance Airshow.  

Led by science teacher Sheila Greene, the X-STEAM is Chisholm Trail’s team of science-, technology-, engineering-, arts- and mathematics-loving students. Tweleve teams competed in this year’s Mission Possible event, and Chisholm Trail seventh-graders Riley Tucciarone, Olivia Branstetter, Keith Martinez, Kylee Grace Kolb and Ria Nair were selected by the engineer judges as the most creative team. Each student won a gift bag with technology kits as their award.

This year’s competition required student teams to create a cantilevered helipad that they were required to use to land and launch a quadcopter. Judges were intrigued by the team’s choice to incorporate the roll of masking tape they “purchased” from the materials supply store into their design of the helipad. Students wrapped the roll of tape with rubber bands to create a flexible surface to land and launch.

In 2016, Chisholm Trail represented the district at the Mission Possible STEM Design Challenge and won the Bell Silver Award. In 2015, Chisholm Trail also won most creative award at the Mission Possible STEM Design Challenge.