Article by Mrs. Kandis Howard, 5th/6th MMS Science teacher
Congratulations to the Mansfield 5th/6th grade STEM Team on a job well done at the Paris STEM Olympiad on May 5. Overall there were 17 school districts, 4 private schools, and some home school groups participating with approximately 1,000 project entries from grades 5-12. Led by their 5th/6th grade science teacher, Kandis Howard, Mansfield competed in six events within the 5th/6th grade division. Mansfield came home with 6 of the 18 top honors, completely dominating the people-powered cars event, taking 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place. Seth Carter, Braxton Byers, and Clint Stovall won 1st place by a good margin, going a distance of 169 feet. Greyson Baggett, Caleb Collier, and Clint Stovall came in 2nd with a nice distance. Chandlan Silvey and Travis Martin wrapped up the car event with 3rd place. In the catapult event, Chandlan Silvey and Travis Martin took 1st place with a distance of 83 feet 2 inches. Julia and Ryan Sadoski earned 3rd place in the Egg Buggy category, and Zach Hayslip and Tyler Turnipseed also placed 3rd in the toothpick bridge event. Way to go, Tigers!!
Mansfield’s STEM Team also included the following events and participants:
People-powered Cars-Donovan Walker, Sebastian Vannaraj, Ethan Walker, Turner Wright, Jaxon Heydenreich, and Travis Tobey.
Toothpick Bridge-Serenity Brunson, Brooklyn Adams, Cherin Foote, Lily Bolin, Greyson Baggett, Caleb Collier, Riley Miles, Olivia Bouse, Alina Lawhon, and Sara Smith.
Water Filter-Alyssa James, Kinley Hanfelder, Dakota Langford, and Kaile Sysakayavong
Catapult-Kindel Noblitt, Codee Helms, Alyssa Farmer, and Aden Elmore
STEM Challenge Team-Nathaniel Elmore, John Broadaway, Darryl Little, and Dominic Looper
Egg Buggy-Shasta Christopher, Grace Hall, Raine Hecox, Victoria Ammons, Alexis Rivera, Magean Newman, Carys DesOrmeaux, Rylie Puterbaugh, Makenzy Irvin, Tommy Phang, Darryl Little, Trinity Woods, Connor Hattabaugh, Gaige Chavez, Gary Willis, Clint Stovall, Seth Carter, Natalie Allison, Cassidy Carlton, Madison McKusker, Kadence Mathisen, Alyssa James, Kinley Hanfelder, Kadynce Robinson, Aly McClain, Kaile Sysakayavong, Brooklyn Adams, Alyson Edwards, Cherin Foote, Emily Daniels, Harlie Fuller, SkyLynn Harris, Aden Elmore, Alyssa Forbes, Daniel Haddox, Mykinzi Morgan, and Trenton Leroy.
Editor’s Note: We would like to thank all the parents, and volunteers who help make this an amazing event, each year. A special thank you goes to Mrs. Kandis Howard, 5th/6th MMS Science teacher who manages this event from the MES aspect, and ensures a safe, and memorable competition for the kids.