Philadelphia Middle Schoolers: Get Out Your K'NEX and Start Building

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"Building Philly" STEM Challenge Gives Students a Chance to Demonstrate STEM Skills

“Engaging students through experiential learning is a demonstrated strategy to spark their interest in STEM and ensure that they understand the real-life implications of STEM subjects,” says Stephen S. Tang, Ph.D., MBA, of University City Science Center.

K’NEX Education®, America’s STEM Building Solution, is pleased to announce "Building Philly" STEM Challenge With K’NEX®. Teams of Philadelphia seventh and eighth grade students from throughout the city are invited to develop and demonstrate their STEM skills as they compete to create an environmentally friendly people moving vehicle out of K'NEX parts.

“This STEM Challenge teaches valuable science, technology, engineering and math concepts, and encourages teamwork, public speaking and presentation abilities that are vital to life-long success,” said Michael Araten, President and CEO of K’NEX Brands. “In a day and age in which STEM jobs are increasing faster than non-STEM jobs, the need for educated and excited workers is ever-growing.”

“Engaging students through experiential learning is a demonstrated strategy to spark their interest in STEM and ensure that they understand the real-life implications of STEM subjects,” says Stephen S. Tang, Ph.D., MBA, President and CEO of project partner the University City Science Center. “This is of crucial importance to the region as we consider how we are going to develop the next generation of innovators.”

Teams will present their models to a panel of judges on May 15, 2015 at Drexel University. The judging session will be followed by the challenge finals at Drexel. Awards include K'NEX shopping sprees, K'NEX building sets for student teams and a tour of K'NEX headquarters HQ in Hatfield, PA.

Registration for the "Building Philly" STEM Challenge With K'NEX is open to all schools located in Philadelphia. Teachers are encouraged to attend one of two workshops at the University City Science Center on February 24, 2015 at 10 a.m. or 4 p.m.

The "Building Philly" STEM Challenge with K'NEX is sponsored by the University City Science Center and the Philadelphia Math + Science Coalition.

For more information on the “Building Philly” STEM Challenge with K’NEX, please visit, http://info.knexeducation.com/building-philly.

About K’NEX Brands
Founded in 1992, K’NEX Brands, the world’s most innovative construction toy company, was established to make and sell what has become one of the world’s leading integrated construction systems for children, and is America’s STEM building solution. Winner of over 250 international awards and recognitions, K’NEX is focused on Building Worlds Kids Love® and encourages youngsters to “imagine, build and play.” From the living room to the classroom, K’NEX has building toys specially designed for every age group and skill level. The K’NEX family of brands includes K’NEX Building Sets, K’NEX Thrill Rides, K’NEX Education®, Lincoln Logs®, Tinkertoy®, K-FORCE Build and Blast™, Mighty Makers™, Mario Kart Wii™, Mario Kart 7™, Mario Kart 8™, Super Mario™, PacMan™, Titanfall™, Family Guy™, Plants vs. Zombies™, and more. Since 1992, The Rodon Group®, a subsidiary of K'NEX Brands, L.P., has manufactured over 34 billion parts for the K'NEX building toy system. Join us as we help build the leaders of tomorrow. For more information, please visit http://www.knex.com or http://www.rodongroup.com.

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