FMS students win STEM Fair prizes from local bank
Two Fairfield Middle School students won their grade-level competition at the Iowa State Bank’s table at the STEM festival Feb. 27 at the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center.
The winner of the fifth- and sixth-grade competition was FMS fifth-grader Briana Steele.
Carter Thompson, a FMS seventh-grader, won the seventh- and eighth-grade division.
The competition was based on three activities:
• Stack a roll of quarters as high as possible with using only eight rolls of pennies;
• Guess how much cash was in a large jar; and
• Guess how much $500 worth of quarters weighs.
Karl Metcalf, Dena Morrissey, and Meredith Flattery of Iowa State Bank congratulated the students and give them their prizes March 2 at FMS.
“The STEM festival was a great opportunity for our youth to experience the wide array of opportunities our community has to offer with a continued focus in studying the STEM curriculum,” said Metcalf, vice president of commercial lending. “It was especially fun to have kids think about money in different ways. I believe this is an important first step when you move the lesson onto more complicated levels, such as compound interest and importance of personal savings habits.”