Langdon students collaborate in STEAM Academy

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LANGDON, ND (WDAZ-TV) - It was a day of building, measuring, and collaborating for some area students.

Mindi Lill, STEAM Academy Co-Coordinator: “Kind of the new up and coming way to teach kids how to use all the parts of their brain, the left side, the right side all their different skills together.”

It's all part of the school's first STEAM Academy. About 200 middle and high school students worked in groups to create projects incorporating science, technology, engineering, art and math. One of the four projects…

Taylor Gratton, student: “We have to make a full length chair out of cardboard.”

Putting physics to the test, students had to make a chair to support 120 pounds.

Taylor: “Well definitely science and engineering, it's really hard to know exactly how far we have to make each piece apart so we can support that weight and for art we have to make it really creative.”

Students also created their own musical instruments, and made perspective drawings with tape.

Mindi: “The goal is that when you look at the wall it should look like you can walk into it.”

They also built paper roller coasters.

Jace Remberg, student: “First we planned out like how we were going to build it and we have to make it out of paper and have a marble go down, has to be five feet tall.”

School officials say these projects are aligned with North Dakota State Standards. They say STEAM in the curriculum prepares students for the workforce in the 21st century.

Mindi: “They're going to need to know how to collaborate and communicate and be critical thinkers and problem solve and all of those things that they're doing today are helping them develop those skills.”

One day of STEAM learning, preparing students for a lifetime of success.

Langdon Area High School is one of the first in the state to have a school-wide STEAM Academy.