STEM students showcase science projects

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By Marceline Mcmacken By Marceline Mcmacken

PHOENIX -- Some middle-school students in the Kyrene School District teamed up with Arizona State University doctoral students to create unique science projects and showcased them Thursday night.

Two hundred and fifty middle school and doctoral students worked together to invent a variety of different Science-Technology-Engineerig and Mathematics (STEM) projects.

Projects were innovative, ranging from a miniature hydrogen-powered car made by sixth-grader Lauren from Centennial Middle School, to an artifical heart created by Gabe Romo, another sixth grader from Centennial.

The collaboration between the middle-school students and ASU doctoral fellowship students is part of the ASU and Science Foundation Arizona program. ASU fellows teach middle-school students about molecular and cellular biology. With the knowledge learned, the middle-school students are given nine weeks to come up with their own unique science projects.

The program hopes to inspire students to pursue science-related careers down the road.