GEMS club hosts lower school aluminum boat competition

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Heritage’s Girls Excelling in Math and Science (GEMS) club partnered with the National Elementary Honors Society to put together a short challenge meant to encourage elementary students interest in STEM. Held Dec 9, the task was to build an aluminum foil boat within four by four inch parameters that would hold the most amount of wooden cubes.

GEMS co-presidents, senior Hailey Diaz, left, and junior Junyi Xiu, right, discuss the parameters of the project to students. “I think it was important to do this so that kids could understand that science can be fun as well as educational,” Xiu said. (Photo/Ella Gohari)

The elementary schoolers attempt to build water-worthy boats within the five-minute time frame. (Photos/Ella Gohari)

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