Solanco students shine in state STEM contest

| May 13, 2019

STEM - High SchoolWEBSolanco High School students earned two top awards in the state STEM competition (STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math).

“After a 20-minute formal presentation to experts from STEM fields, the students’ Classroom Lockdown Assistance Device or CLAD was named the best survivability-related project of the entire competition,” Solanco High School STEM coach Caley Roark said. “Only three division awards are presented, each in the areas of Survivability, Sustainability, and Medicine.” In addition, the CLAD received a People’s Choice Award for Best Safety-Related Project, as voted on by the other student teams.

In the photo are Judd Pittman, Special Consultant to the Secretary of Education for STEM, students Gabi Dolan, Timothy Fetterman, Patrick Hodgson, Jack Hertzler, and Jenna Brown, and Pennsylvania Department of Education Executive Deputy Secretary Dr. David Volkman.


Odyssey of the Mind - CLAD1WEBIn the photo is the students’ award-winning CLAD, Classroom Lockdown Assistance Device. The CLAD is  a PVC cylinder that mounts above a classroom door. In the event of a school intruder emergency, the CLAD will release a Kevlar curtain at the door to block the intruder’s view into the classroom (no need for a teacher and/or student to approach the door and pull down the curtain.) The Kevlar curtain could also deflect or fragment bullets fired into it. The CLAD also locks the door by removing the small magnet that teachers place on the door when needed to block the door from locking, and the CLAD provides additional reinforcement by cinching the door shut at the hinge typically found at the tops of doors in classrooms (similar to the two hinges at top of doors in the background in the photo.)

While in Harrisburg for the state STEM competition, Solanco students visited the Civil War Museum and dined with Pennsylvania Education Secretary Pedro Rivera.



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Keith Kaufman is the Director of Community Relations for Solanco School District. 786-5617.

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