Each month, the LHS Library sponsors a STEAM Challenge for students. Though the challenges are optional, some ELA teachers offer extra credit to students who participate. One participant each month will also win a prize!
FEBRUARY 2020 STEAM CHALLENGE: DOODLE FOR GOOGLE
For this month's challenge, we invite you to participate in the Doodle for Google experience which asks you to put your own 2D spin on the Google logo by answering this question: "I show kindness by. . . " Your doodle should accompany a statement of 50 words or less that explains your design as it relates to the theme. By following all of the guidelines, you could win the grand prize of a $30,000 college scholarship to a school of your choice, a $50,000 technology prize for your school, Google hardware and swag, AND a trip to San Francisco! The winning doodle will also be featured on Google's homepage for a day. Here are some past Google Doodles to inspire you and here is a link to past winners' art.
Our school district is offering their own version of this contest. To be eligible for both contests, please submit your doodle to Mrs. Oliva or Mrs. Dotson in the library by Friday, February 28. If you need to submit your doodle to a teacher as part of an assignment, take a picture of it and email it to email@example.com to be considered for the STEAM Challenge.
To enter, simply complete the official paper entry form (copies available in the library or print one here) and drop it off in the library. Don't forget to have a parent or guardian sign the form. Happy doodling!
JANUARY 2020 STEAM CHALLENGE: INFORMATIONAL VIDEO
This year, our school and district are sponsoring the fourth annual Film Festival to celebrate students' creativity. In support of the festival, for this month's STEAM Challenge, we want to encourage you to create a film that is eligible for the instructional category that answers this question: "What can you do to thrive as a student at LHS?" You are welcome to use any video-creation tool, and we encourage you to be creative! Consider interviewing your friends, providing a tour of a particular location at school, introducing your favorite teachers, bragging about the best clubs, sports or activities, etc. Your film should also meet these guidelines:
- Be at least 30 seconds in length
- Include copyright free images and music (if applicable) and cite any borrowed content
- Be school appropriate
Submit your film via our Google Classroom (use code 4pf7bj), and also consider submitting it to the LHS Film Festival where the grand prize is an Apple Watch!
The deadline to submit your entry into this month's challenge is Monday, February 10.
NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2019 STEAM CHALLENGE: CREATE AN APP
This month, we're encouraging you to think about a problem or frustration that might be solved with the development of an app using Thunkable. When you visit the library with your ELA teacher in November, you'll participate in a brainstorming session to help you narrow down an app concept. On your own time, you will build your app in Thunkable. If you need help or want the support of a community of app-developers, you can meet in the library during any AI in November or December where Mrs. Oliva and your fellow students can provide assistance and feedback. In order to enter the STEAM challenge, you'll need to submit a summary of your app concept and information about how to access your app. You'll post these details to our Google Classroom (use join code 4pf7bj).
The deadline to participate is Friday, December 13.
OCTOBER 2019 STEAM CHALLENGE: BOOK CHARACTER COSTUME
Calling all would-be Harry Potters and Katniss Everdeens! To compete in this month's challenge, create a costume to represent a book character, take a picture of yourself dressed in the costume and post it to our Google Classroom (with join code 4pf7bj). Please make sure to include a brief description of the name of the character you represent and the book's title. If you're feeling extra motivated, you may also want to compete in the Instructables contest with a grand prize of an Apple iPad Mini and an Apple Pencil!
The deadline to submit your entry to the LHS contest is November 4.
To enter the Instructables contest, you should also submit your entry (with detailed instructions about how to create your costume) by November 4.
September 2019 STEAM Challenge: Digital Wellness
For the first STEAM Challenge of this school year, to promote health and wellness, we're asking you to set boundaries around screen time. To participate in this challenge, you have the option to do one or more of the following:
- Employ the "Screen Time" feature on your Apple device or the "Digital Wellbeing" feature on your Android device, set your own (reasonable) limits for one week, and abide by them!
- Set up and use Forest Chrome extension to limit access to distracting websites on your Chromebook (or purchase the Forest app for $1.99 and use it to be intentional about giving yourself a break from your phone).
- Try a digital detox by practicing at least 3 of the suggestions referenced here.
After completing one or more of these challenges, to be entered to win this month's prize you must record a video response that includes this information by visiting this Flipgrid link:
- Your name and your ELA teacher's name
- Which of the above challenge(s) you completed
- Your initial feeling(s) about attempting the challenge(s)
- Any benefits you experienced as a result of participating (more sleep, less stress, more time to read, etc.)
- Any negative effects you experienced as a result of participating (feelings of being disconnected from friends, inability to use certain apps, etc.)
Please complete this challenge and record your Flipgrid response by Monday, September 30.
April 2019 STEAM Challenge: Pie-Making
This month, we're sponsoring our first-ever food-y challenge by asking you to make a pie of your choice. To sweeten the deal, we're actually piggy-backing off of an existing Instructables contest that offers a $500 Amazon gift card for the grand-prize winner! Check out the site for inspiration and details about how to enter their contest.
Here's what you need to know about this month's STEAM Challenge:
- Your pie must be of the traditional pastry variety OR no-bake variety
- You may not buy a pie and submit it to the contest (though you may buy a premade crust if you choose)
- Your pie can be sweet or savory, a new recipe or a traditional family recipe; get creative!
- You must include a copy of the recipe you used to make your pie
- Pies will be judged in two categories: Best Decorated and Best Tasting
- Bring your pie to the library on Monday, April 22 (a late-start day) for it to be judged by LHS staff
- By submitting a pie to this month's challenge, you are invited to the library during your lunch on April 22 to sample any of the pies submitted by other students
To help you win this month's challenge, check out a cookbook from the library today, or check out recipes in Food Magazine, one of our digital magazines available through Flipster.
March 2019 STEAM Challenge: Doodle for Google
For this month's challenge, we invite you to participate in the Doodle for Google experience which asks you to put your own hand-drawn, 2D spin on the Google logo by answering this question: "In the future, I hope. . . " Your drawing should accompany a statement of 50 words or less that explains your concept. By following all of the guidelines, you could win the grand prize of a $30,000 college scholarship to a school of your choice, a $50,000 technology prize for your school, a Chromebook, an Android tablet AND a trip to San Francisco! The winning doodle will also be featured on Google's homepage for a day. Here are some past Google Doodles to inspire you and here is a link to past winners' art.
Our school district is offering their own version of this contest with an early deadline of March 8. If you want a chance to win the district contest, please turn in your drawing to Mrs. Oliva by this date.
If you need more time to complete your Doodle, plan to submit your drawing in person to Mrs. Oliva by Friday, March 15.
To enter, simply complete the official paper entry form (copies available in the library or print one here) and drop it off in the library. Don't forget to have a parent or guardian sign the form. Happy doodling!
WINNERS: Megan Sproull, Lauren Spakowski, Shae Bowsher
February 2019 STEAM Challenge: View and Vote on Film Festival Films
We had an incredible 90 films submitted to this year's LHS Film Festival! To help us decide which student filmmaker should win the Go Pro Camera at our March 15 LHS Film Festival Pizza Party, please view and rate films by the end of the school day on February 25. See Mrs. Oliva with any questions, and mark your calendars to attend the WSD Film Festival on April 2 at 7 pm at Holt High School.
January 2019 STEAM Challenge: Animate a Video
This year, our school and district are sponsoring the third annual Film Festival to celebrate students' creativity. In support of the festival, for this month's STEAM Challenge, we want to encourage you to create a film that is eligible for the newest film festival category: animation. There are MANY ways to create an animated video, but if you are looking for suggestions, try any of these FREE resources (and come to the library to use an iPad, if needed):
- Draw your own animation (consider importing videos made with these apps into WeVideo or Adobe Spark to add sound, text, filters, transitions, etc.):
- Animatic by Inkboard
- Flipaclip - Cartoon Animation
- Stop Motion Studio
- Animate with ready-made scenes and characters:
- ToonTastic 3D
Check out Pixar in a Box for animation tips.
To be eligible for both this month's STEAM Challenge AND the LHS/WSD Film Festival, please follow these guidelines:
- Your video should have a beginning, middle and end.
- Your video isn't to exceed 7 minutes
- You must have permission to use all images and audio/video clips, and you must cite your sources (or just create your own!)
- Your story must be original, creative, and appropriate
Submit your animated film for the STEAM Challenge via Google Classroom (with join code 4pf7bj). For the chance to win a GoPro Camera and be entered in the WSD Film Festival, please ALSO submit your film via this Google Form. The deadline to submit to BOTH the STEAM Challenge and the LHS Film Festival is Saturday, February 2, 2019.
November/December 2018 STEAM Challenge: Recycling Challenge
In case you haven't heard, the USA is facing a huge recycling crisis since China has stopped accepting our recyclable goods, and the cost to recycle in the US greatly exceeds any profit. This has forced cities like O'Fallon and Lake St. Louis to no longer accept materials like paper and cardboard in residential curbside recycling bins which means most of these materials will end up in the trash instead. YOU are in a position to raise some stink (pun intended) about the future of our planet if we continue to use items that don't easily degrade like styrofoam cups and trays, plastic bags and straws, and aluminum cans. Even items that land in a recycling bin can ultimately end up in the trash if we don't carefully follow recycling etiquette like rinsing out coffee cups before dropping them in the bin. This month, you have TWO WAYS to tackle the STEAM Challenge:
- Make a 30-60 second PSA video targeted at Wentzville School District staff and students that expresses the need for us to recycle and the value of recycling properly (explain recycling etiquette and what can/can't be recycled). Remember that this video can also qualify for the LHS and WSD Film Festivals OR
- Take an item that would otherwise end up in the trash or recycling bin and upcycle it into a new product. You must submit an actual prototype. See this website for some incredible suggestions, but the possibilities are virtually endless.
The deadline to submit your project is Monday, December 10. Submit your prototypes directly to Mrs. Oliva in the library or submit your PSAs through the Google Classroom (with join code 4pf7bj).
WINNERS: Sara Rowley, Megan Kruse
October 2018 STEAM Challenge: AR Storytelling with Metaverse
We're using Metaverse to mix augmented reality with storytelling in this month's STEAM Challenge. Metaverse is both a website and a (free) app that allows you to create and explore experiences, games and stories. This month, the library invites you to take on a challenge posed by Metaverse: to create or retell an interactive children's story. If you accept the challenge, you also have the opportunity to be paid by Metaverse for your story. Carefully follow these instructions when building your story so that it qualifies for both the STEAM Challenge AND the Metaverse Challenge (if you choose to enter their official contest). For example, qualifying stories should include copyright free images or objects, narration, timed transitions and no text.
To submit your story for the library's STEAM Challenge, please turn it in through our Google Classroom (with join code 4pf7bj). All stories are due by Thursday, November 8. If you need help building your story or navigating Metaverse, stop by the library during any AI for some tips and tricks.
WINNERS: Cassidy Widlowski, Sami Hart, Tai Williams
September 2018 STEAM Challenge: Personal Branding
We're starting off the school year by asking you to think about your own personal brand. During your high school experience, it's likely you'll build a resume, create a website, produce a video, design an infographic, send out a survey, (e)mail a letter, apply for a job and/or an internship. Think about the power of adding your own personal logo when you create any of these items. This logo should be a graphic that represents/symbolizes you. If you're unsure where to start, take a look at this list of adjectives and identify the ones that best describe you. Use the adjectives you pick to help guide your design. If you need logo inspiration, check out these samples.
You may use any digital graphic creation program to create your logo. We recommend using Canva or Google Drawing. For this challenge, we will not accept hand-drawn/created designs. The design must be a digital graphic and it must be an original design (meaning you created it yourself). If you incorporate graphics from the web into your logo, make sure they are copyright free. The Noun Project is a great place to find free, copyright free images for you to add to your design.
Submit your design through our Google Classroom (with join code 4pf7bj). All logos are due by Friday, September 28.
WINNERS: Molly Jorris, Jessica Flynn, Becca Falgout, Brianna Dierks, Lindsay Grant, Olivia Harris, Zoee Harrington
May 2018 STEAM Challenge
We know you're stressed and you don't need one more thing to do this month, so our STEAM Challenge is designed to help you relax!
For part I of this challenge, we're encouraging you to try your hand at a Zentangle, a type of small-scale doodling that promotes relaxation and reflection. Mrs. Oliva will provide supplies for you when you visit the library, but all you need is paper, a pencil and/or a black marker. Once you finish your Zentangle, turn it in to add to our display, Tweet a pic of it and tag @LibertyHSLib or email a picture of it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For part II of the challenge, please listen to any one of the following and stop by to chat about it with Mrs. Oliva or Mrs. Dotson:
- A chapter of an audiobook from Overdrive
- A chapter of an audiobook from SYNC (which offers free downloads of paired audiobooks each week through the summer)
- A podcast episode of your choosing (we recommend Side Hustle School, Dear Hank and John, the Naked Scientists, Getting In, Happier, Criminal, or Flash Forward)
April 2018 STEAM Challenge
This month, we're going to take a look at what excites and scares you in order to help you find your passion and make it your life's work.
First ofall, we're encouraging you to check out Chris Guillebeau's podcast, Side Hustle School, to learn about how people of all ages and walks of life are making money doing what they love.
Next, consider doing any or all of the following:
**Join us in the library during Academic Intervention (3rd hour) on April 11 to learn from (and ask questions of) writer, speaker & life coach, Justine Froelker.
**Join us in the library during Academic Intervention (3rd hour) on April 18 to learn from (and ask questions of!) Clark Gafke, an expert on crowdfunding. (Due to the Autism Awareness assembly, this event will be rescheduled).
**Check out a book from our self-help/personal growth display.
**Add to our community Padlet with resources, questions, comments, etc.
To help us celebrate School Library Month, we want your feedback! Using your phone or Chromebook, please follow the following instructions to video record yourself responding to one or both of these questions:
- What is your favorite thing about the LHS Library?
- How could we improve the LHS Library?
Enter "Join Pin" JDLWRHB at https://app.letsrecap.com/pin
February/March 2018 STEAM Challenge
For this month's STEAM Challenge, you will complete a digital Breakout game during one of your library visits. One winning team from each class will win a prize!
January 2018 STEAM Challenge
For this month's STEAM Challenge, you are invited to create a 30 to 60 second book trailer to promote a young adult book of your choice.
While it's not required, we are encouraging you to read and make a book trailer about one of the recently named 2018-2019 Gateway Nominees. If you do use a 2018-19 Gateway Nominee to complete this challenge, you can enter it into the state-wide MASL Book Trailer Contest. Please click here for the contest guidelines and see the rubric, too. Mrs. Oliva will submit your book trailer to this contest on your behalf.
Regardless of the book you choose, you can enter your book trailer into the LHS/WSD Film Festival. If you enter your trailer in the LHS Film Festival, you could win a GoPro Camera!
Mrs. Oliva HIGHLY recommends you use Adobe Spark to create your video because it's so easy to use, but you can use any video-creation program of your choosing.
Please email your book trailer to Mrs. Oliva (email@example.com) by Wednesday, February 7. In your email, please let Mrs. Oliva know if you would like to enter your video into the MASL Book Trailer Contest and/or the LHS/WSD Film Festival. Please make sure you check out the guidelines for each of these contests (linked above) before you submit!
November/December 2017 STEAM Challenge
Have you ever thought it would be cool to try your hand at 3D design and printing? This month, we're asking students to design 3D printable bookmarks for the library. You are encouraged to create a unique design that is both aesthetically pleasing and functional. The Epsilon Beta library club will help select the winning designs, and the designers will have the chance to see their bookmarks printed and sold in the library. Winners will also receive a $10 QT gift card. Here is what you need to know to be successful:
- We recommend you create a free account on TinkerCAD to design your bookmark.
- TinkerCAD has some great tutorials, but there are plenty of video tutorials available on the web, too.
- Your bookmark must be an original design. Please don't copy an existing design.
- Carefully consider design details like size, thickness/height, weight, and function. There are no parameters for this project, but be aware that your design should serve its purpose in order to win.
- Share your finished project with Mrs. Oliva by emailing it to her at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow the instructions in this video to share your design.
The deadline to submit a bookmark design is Friday, December 15.
October 2017 STEAM Challenge
As you probably know, opioid addiction is a serious concern in our community, state and country at present. This month, we're borrowing our challenge from a Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) contest, and asking for you to create a public service announcement (PSA) video to warn against the dangers of opioid abuse. You may use any video creation tool of your choosing, but we suggest WeVideo, Animoto or Adobe Spark. Your video should meet these criteria:
- Be no longer than one minute in length
- Include at least one fact about opioid abuse
- Provide a phone number/website for addicts to get help
- Use copyright free resources
- Cite all sources (images, music, facts, etc.) you use by including a works cited list at the end of your video
Consider using any of these resources to help inform you, or check out a library book or use a database to learn more about opioid drug abuse.
Your finished project is eligible for the LHS and Wentzville School District Film Festivals in the PSA category! As a result, you have the opportunity to win a GoPro camera! See Mrs. Oliva for more information.
Submit your PSA by emailing it to email@example.com or sharing it with Mrs. Oliva via Google Drive. All submissions are due Friday, November 10 by the end of the school day. One winner will receive a $10 QT gift card.
September 2017 STEAM Challenge
In celebration of Banned Books Week, we challenge you to partake in the American Library Association's Rebel Reader Twitter Tournament from September 24-30. You must include #RebelReader in any Tweets you post if you want the chance to win the super cool ALA prizes. To be eligible for the LHS prize (a $10 QT gift card), you must tag the LHS Library (@LibertyHSLib) OR if you're short on characters, send a screenshot of your Tweet to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you don't have a Twitter account, you can still participate by completing the tournament challenges and showing/sharing evidence to Mrs. Oliva or Mrs. Dotson (video, picture, Google Doc with written response, etc.). Good luck to you!