Fort Mill, Rock Hill schools place in SC STEM competition

Sugar Creek Elementary in Fort Mill took third place in a “This School’s Got STEM” competition sponsored by Comporium and presented by SC Future Minds and S²TEM Centers SC.

The 2016 competition attracted two-dozen entrants from across South Carolina showing off the best of science, technology, engineering and math in public schools.

Sugar Creek Elementary School received a $100 prize for its video highlighting the activities of its science-based clubs.

Saluda Trail Middle School in Rock Hill was one of five finalists for its video featuring a stylized Mona Lisa and Leonardo da Vinci introducing STEM activities at the school.

The school winners were chosen during two weeks of voting on the South Carolina Future Minds website and Facebook page.

First-place honors and $500 went to Scranton Elementary in Scranton, which submitted a five-minute “STEM Builders” video, backed by students singing STEM-focused lyrics to the “Ghostbusters” theme song.

Second place and $250 went to Cowpens Middle School in Spartanburg, where students created a “doodle bot” to help an acquaintance who was unable to draw.

Finalists were selected with help from members of the S²TEM Centers SC and representatives of South Carolina STEM businesses and industries. Winners received the most votes.

The contest was free to enter, and open to any public school student in South Carolina in kindergarten through 12th grade. To enter, adults 18 or older submitted videos of up to five minutes that would impress judges for their use of STEM skills.

Jennifer Becknell: 803-329-4077

More information

To view the school videos, go to the South Carolina Future Minds website or Facebook page and click on “This School’s Got STEM 2016.”