“Why STEM Learning Is Important To My Future”
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Neil Armstrong Middle School, Bethel Park, 5th grade class, Katie Leckenby, TeacherArtemis C. wrote the winning essay. From her essay: Many children like myself dream of making a difference in this world. Engineers are a big part of why this system we humans call life works well. STEM is a major part of thousands of kids around the country’s future.


East Catholic School, Pittsburgh, 3rd grade class, Jennifer Breitkreutz, TeacherPeter D. wrote the winning essay. From his essay: Because I want to be an archeologist, if I learn about engineering I could create tools to help me enter an underground cavern. Math would help me understand mass, decipher coordinates and figure out depths.


State Street Elementary, Baden, 5th grade class, Jessica Scerbo, TeacherMadison H. wrote the winning essay. From her essay: I believe STEM learning is very important not only for my future or the country’s future but possibly the world’s future. It should be a main class in school because at a young and impressionable age kids can decide what they want to do for their job and could cause technological advancements.


Holy Trinity School, McKees Rocks, 5th grade class, Clara Jablonski, TeacherAnthony D. wrote the winning essay. From his essay: STEM is not only important for my future career, but it’s important for our future in the world. Someday there will be an end to pollution, sickness and disease because young students who took part in STEM will find a way.


West View Elementary, Pittsburgh, 4th grade class, Bruce Goodworth, TeacherFaith E. wrote the winning essay. From her essay: There are many things science can prepare us for. For instance, when I grow up I want to be a mom. There is a LOT of science involved in parenting like germs, handwashing and making good observations about your child’s body when they are sick. You might not know it but that sort of stuff is science!


State Street Elementary, Baden, 5th grade class, Stacey Brock, TeacherMackenzie S. wrote the winning essay. From her essay: My personal favorite part of STEAM is art. Art can have young people express their creativity and create a more positive society in the future. This can be because seeing something beautiful can make people react in a happier way.   


Contest and Official Rules

No purchase necessary, void where prohibited.

Contest open to Teachers or PTO parent representatives (Entering Adult) of Western PA 3rd, 4th and 5th grade elementary classes including Home, Cyber or other alternative education schools.

Entries must be received by April 19th 2017. (Contest sponsors are not responsible for late or misdirected mail)

Valid entries are handwritten essays from 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students in response to the statement: “Why learning about Science, Technology, Engineering or Math (chose one or more) is important to my future.” We will also accept entries about Art for STEAM learning.

One essay received is enough to enter a class to win however odds for winning are increased by having the entire class enter essays. One entry per student.

The Entry Process

Essays must include student’s first name and last initial, grade and name of school and be mailed along with an official entry form that includes Entering Adult’s contact information. One official entry form can accompany essays mailed together for an entire class.  To obtain official entry form, please send an email to funslidescarpetskatepark@gmail.com with subject line: STEM Contest

Entries must be mailed or delivered to Fun Slides Park, Attn: STEM Contest – 1130 Perry Highway #300, Pittsburgh PA 15237.

The Prizes

Student finalists will each receive 2 Fun Slides Stay ‘n Play admission passes valued over $50. Entering Adult will be notified. 6 Winners will be selected from finalists to receive one of 6 Grand Prizes of a Fun Slides STEM fieldtrip for their class. Fieldtrip is limited up to 40 free students and is valued at over $700 (additional students may be added at a discounted rate based on availability). Fieldtrip consists of a 2 hour admission to Fun Slides Carpet Skatepark, which includes 30 minutes of STEM learning and 90 minutes of skate time. An additional hour of skating may be substituted for the STEM learning time if STEM educator is not available on chosen date for fieldtrip (3 hours total) Odds of winning will vary based on number of entries received.

The names of Grand Prize winning classes and Entering Adults will be announced on 100.7 STAR Radio’s “Bubba Show” on Wednesday April 26th and on Fun Slides Facebook page. Winners will be notified by phone or email.

Entries will be judged on originality by a combination of educators, parents and Fun Slides management and owners. All decisions are final.

Terms and Conditions of Entering

Entering Adult must request an official entry form by email and complete an official request to enter. To obtain official entry form, please send an email to funslidescarpetskatepark@gmail.com with subject line: STEM Contest . Person entering contest grants permission to contest sponsors for their name and or likeness to be used publically for advertising or publicity purposes.

Entering Adult must agree to send information on the contest, provided by Fun Slides, home with students via emailed pdf file or paper flyer for parent or guardian notification. Any permission needed for student to enter is the responsibility of Entering Adult to obtain.

Fieldtrip must be taken between the dates of May 8th – June 8th 2017 and must be scheduled at least one week in advance. Bus transportation is available but is not included in the Grand Prize. Transportation is the responsibility of winning class.  Other skaters may be present at time of fieldtrip and private use of Fun Slides Park is not guaranteed.

Waivers and following all general rules of Fun Slide Park are required for all to skate.


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