Mesa View sixth graders jumped right into the school’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Math program the second week of school designing cars out of water bottles to compete in a school contest.
Sixth graders were challenged to create a moving car out of a water bottle complete with axels and ballast and then compete to see how far their car could roll down a ramp compared to their classmates.
Sixteen finalists from eight sixth grade classes moved on to the finals and were cheered on by their classmates in the school’s multi-purpose room on Aug. 19.
Student Sero Isaacs car was custom made out of compact disc wheels, pencils, duct tape and even chapstick tubes serving as weight.
“I don’t know if mine will win, but I had to try,” he said.
Sixth grade teacher Katrina Taylor said the project teaches students to think critically and learn from their mistakes.
“We told the students great inventors like Thomas Edison didn’t create their best result in one day, they learned over time and that’s what the students are doing,” she said.
Mesa View Principal Jim Stolze said the school welcomed 140 new sixth graders as part of the school district’s change to house sixth graders at middle school this year, and said it’s all working out.
“We already know what works well here and it was just a matter of plugging more bodies into the space,” he said.