As a STEM lesson, the third-graders in Amanda Callahan’s West DeFuniak Elementary School class were asked how many books would one piece of paper support when it is rolled into a cylinder and stood vertically.

Working in small groups, the students stacked children’s paperback books atop the cylinder, with one group reaching 16 books.


Paxton School senior Matthew Lynch and sophomore Holden Mitchell tied for third place in the Northwest Florida Seaperch Challenge. Held at the University of West Florida's Aquatic Center, they competed against 32 teams in two challenges with an underwater robot that they built.


Rocky Bayou Christian School held its engineering competition early in March, applying the IDEAS (innovation, development, enterprise, action, service) competition rules.

Five teams participated in the paper plane competition, with the top plane build by Lydia Turner and Rominey Willner. They tallied 2 minutes, 14 seconds of flight time

In second place came Adam Mistretta. Hanna Suh’s plane, flown by Sam Thomason, took third. Also competing was Christian Phillips, with brother David flying the plane, and Dylan Rodriguez.

In the mousetrap car contest, Amanda Brannon placed first with a distance of 621.5 inches.

Micah Wyn placed first in the bridge competition, with his design holding 292 pounds. Nick Bowers was second. Gideon Riches also built a bridge.


Edge Elementary School fifth-graders thank everyone who participated in its canned pet-food drive for the Panhandle Animal Welfare Society. Students collected 1,200 cans of dog and cat food.


Attention educators: Horticulture agents with the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Extension in Hillsborough and Baker counties, Nicole Pinson and Alicia Lamborn, have created curriculum called “Pollinator Power.”

“Teaching youth about pollinators is important so they may develop an understanding of and appreciation for the link between pollinators and the food we eat,” Pinson said.

To order the “Pollinator Power” curriculum, visit the UF/IFAS Extension bookstore website at

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