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News Release: ITEEA Elementary STEM Council International Grand Design Challenge Winner Announced

January 29, 2019


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ITEEA Elementary STEM Council

International Grand Design Challenge Winner Announced


News - Jan19 - Tracy1RESTON, VA, JANUARY 29, 2019ITEEA’s Elementary STEM Council is proud to announce the winners of the 2018 Grand Design Challenge. The NAE Grand Challenges were designed to cause students and educators to think about solutions and challenges affecting all our lives. In 2018, elementary students from around the world worked in small design teams to design a better product or tool that could be used to give small children doses of liquid medicine. This year’s submissions impressed the judges with the elementary students’ use of the engineering design loop, testing of products, refining of products, and serious consideration of external factors.

The “Bobcat Binkys” team from Benton Hall Academy from Little Falls, NY took first place with their innovative design. Their teacher, Tracy Young, mentored the students as part of an after-school group. The team won a one-year I-STEM Education Group Membership, one free hotel night in Kansas City for this year’s ITEEA conference, and a spot in ITEEA’s STEM Showcase.

Tracy Young will be sharing information about her winning design at the STEM Showcase from 4:00-5:30pm on Thursday, March 28 at ITEEA’s Conference in Kansas City, MO.

Earning second place in the Challenge was Plymouth Elementary School in Plymouth, NH. Student Reese Querry and her teacher, Julie Sicks-Panus, submitted an outstanding design.

The 2019 Grand Design Challenge will be announced in late spring. Submissions are due December 31, 2019. Questions can be directed to Michael Daugherty,, Virginia Jones,, or Thomas Roberts,

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