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FMS students win STEM Fair prizes from local bank

Mar 09, 2017
Photos courtesy of Meredith Flattery Dena Morrissey and Karl Metcalf, both of Iowa State Bank, present STEM Fair prizes to, top: Fairfield Middle School fifth-grader Briana Steele; and, bottom: FMS seventh-grader Carter Thompson.

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.”

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