Summer STEM-tacular Make-a-Thon!

    The two week program will offer STEM activities that will involve reading, research, math, and engineering.  Each grade level will have a challenge to complete:

    • Grade 2- create  Animal Prosthetics - creativity process
    • Grade 3- create Video game and controller invention-use Scratch Coding and Makey Makey Kits
    • Grade 4- create a Robotic Mini Golf Course- use littlebits and K’Nex
    • Grade 5- create a Robot Petting Zoo- use the hummingbird robotic kits                                          

    The Summer STEM-tacular Make-a-Thon will be held at Latrobe Elementary School July 15-25th, Monday through Thursday, 8:30-12:00.  Snacks and transportation will be provided. There will be an opportunity for your family to come to the school on the last day of Summer STEM-tacular for a Gallery Walk to see the research, math, and engineering projects you created!

    The registration link is on the building website in the middle of the page and will open at 3:00 PM on Thursday, April 25th.  Each grade level will cap at 35 students! Don’t Wait!!!!!!


    Teacher Overview

    Mrs. Sherry Durigon

    Email: sherry.durigon@glsd.us     
    Phone:  724-539-9777 

    Courses Taught 


    STEM Education
    Grades K, 3 and 5
    LES, BES and MES 
    Grade K : Pushes and Pulls
    • Explorations include pushes and pulls of objects of different weights over different surfaces (smooth vs. rough) and different slopes (across a flat surface vs. up a ramp.)
    • Students investigate different pushes and pulls on the motion of an object and develop knowledge and skills related to forces of differing strengths and directions. 
    • Students are challenged to refine a design and successfully solve a problem, and they reflect on ways to modify and improve their design.

    Grade 3: Forces and Interactions
    • Students learn all about forces (pushes and pulls) including friction, gravity and magnetism.  
    • They study balanced / unbalanced forces and will be able to identify effort forces and resistance forces
    • Investigations that include building simple machines will help them to explore how effort forces can be used to accomplish a job.
    • Their design project will include creating and building a compound machine to successfully perform a task.  



    Grade 5: Robotics and Automation
    • Students research the varying definitions of "robot," while exploring the history of robotics. 
    • They research and prepare a presentation on a particular type of robot (ex: the humanoid robot: Nao).
    • Investigations on various inputs and outputs used to build remotely operated robots will help them to explore how these components affect the design and capabilities of robots.
    • Their design project will include designing and building a remotely operated robotic vehicle to successfully perform a task.