Students Inspired About Stem From Garver Chain Reaction Challenge

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An engineering firm hopes to inspire students to pursue careers in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) field by participating in the Garver Chain Reaction challenge.

Students from eight Central Arkansas middle schools had to build a machine that uses a chain reaction to accomplish a very simple task.

They were given kits with 3D structures, balls, and ramps, and competed against schools Monday, April 9, at the state capitol.

Through the interactive activity, students gain a better understanding of stem concepts, all while having fun along the way.

Students from Beebe Middle School won the competition and said hard work pays off. 

“At the end, there were 3 seconds left and it all fell over, but they gave us a little more time, we got to completely redo it and we won so that was the greatest recovery,” 6th grade Beebe Middle Schooler Katy Davis said.

Each school was recognized for their hard work and effort.

The students from Beebe said they plan to celebrate their big win at Chick-Fil-A!

Governor Asa Hutchinson also spoke at the competition and encouraged students to dream big.

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