Haws in Action: Hands-on education with elementary students to promote creativity and curiosity in the science and engineering fields.

Custom eagle and tree nest drinking fountain and a mural designed by students were unveiled June 5 at Veterans Elementary School – STEM Academy.


Together with Veteran’s Elementary School (Reno, Nevada) and other local manufacturers, Haws Corporation’s Research & Development team created and implemented a custom drinking fountain project for 1st and 5th-grade students for the 2016-2017 school year. After working with the STEM Academy faculty and students for several years, Michael Joyer – Haws R&D Manager, developed a new project idea that would allow the students to fully engage with an Engineering project to help make the connection between the creative and technical side of science, technology, engineering, and art.  A drinking fountain was a natural choice for Michael Joyer and Mindy Haffke, Haws R&D Engineer, given Haws’ 110 years heritage as the original drinking faucet inventor with Berkeley School District. “From the beginning, this project was something our students held dear,” said Ron Jones, a fifth-grade teacher at the school who worked directly with the engineers. “They took great joy in considering their ideas, collaborating with their classmates, and creating something that will be on our campus for many years to come.”


Throughout the process of creating the fountain, the Haws team met with the students and helped guide their project by melding individual student design concepts together to create a bird’s nest drinking fountain with nests for the water bowls, eagle head bubblers, and a mister – a tribute to the STEM Academy’s Eagle mascot. The process involved 3D models, castings, and design changes with students participating monthly in order to realize a final creation. B&J Inc. donated the material and metal fabrication services to bring the student’s unique design to life and additional support services were donated by NeoMek and Zevado Corporation.  In addition, students created a mural under the direction of art teacher Elizabeth Brooks and resource teacher Alita Lutrick. “It was a fun project to help the kids design their own fountain,” said Mike Joyer, R&D Manager of Haws. “We really enjoyed teaching them the engineering process from start to finish, and we hope this project inspires all of them to consider engineering careers when they grow up.”

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Chesco Students Test For Water Taste in National Stem Contest

A team of sixth graders in Chester County is to go up against 19 other teams this month in a national competition that asks students to use science, technology, engineering, and math to solve problems in their communities.

The three East Vincent Township students, who studied the quality and taste of their school’s drinking water, are the only Pennsylvania students in the national contest.

The other national finalists in the Northeastern United States are from Massachusetts, New York, and Virginia.

The team – Jeanne Tokay, 12; Andrew Bilotta, 11; and Jackson Massey, 11 – is to be in Maryland from June 15 to 19 to present its project for the final time. Judges will name a winner from each age group.

National finalists in the 13th annual eCybermission competition, sponsored by the Army, focused their projects on alternative energy sources, the environment, food, health and fitness, force and motion, national security, and robotics.

Former winners have gone on to pursue patents for their projects, said Louie Lopez, eCybermission program manager.

The National Science Teachers Association administers the competition for students in sixth through ninth grades.

The “Aqua Squad” at East Vincent Elementary School investigated why students and teachers brought in plastic water bottles instead of drinking from the school’s water fountains. Most of the bottles ended up in the trash.

The team conducted water quality and taste tests. The students found that cold water from drinking fountains tasted just as good as cold bottled water.

They shared their findings with their schoolmates and told them the money they collectively spend on bottled water each year could buy 355 iPads. They hope more people drink from the fountains, which are more environmentally friendly.

“It’s been really neat to see them grow and continually expand their skill base,” said Carolyn Mitton, a gifted-support teacher and the team’s adviser.

A panel of judges that included Army scientists and engineers and STEM professionals chose 60 regional finalist teams from about 7,000 teams throughout the country. The judges then whittled that number down to 20 national finalist teams.

ASCD booth (2) ecybermission

The panel scored the teams based on criteria that included innovative thinking.

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Source: Michaelle Bond