Stem Club Students Learn From Stimulating Projects

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Payson Education Center’s new science teacher — longtime Payson Unified School District science teacher Barbara Quinlan — loves the kids in her STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) club.

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Mason Plues and Cassidy Marshall focus intently on the Chaos Machine.

“They get so focused,” she said.

Quinlan had a couple of pictures of her kids working intently on the Chaos Machine, a machine that rings a bell and moves a marble over a distance longer than Quinlan is tall.

The science teacher said the kids love working these projects so much, they willingly stay after school for longer than the hour she has set aside.

“It is a kit, but they had to learn to put it together through trial and error,” said Quinlan.

Another project she showed off from the club was a structure built of straws, paper clips and string.

A friend of the school helped her to build a wooden platform that mimics the unstable earth of an earthquake.

“The next project will be to make a budget for the building process,” said Quinlan.

She also hopes to expand the club to include architecture.

She says she’ll call it STEAM.

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