Students take part in National STEM Day

LAREDO,Texas(KGNS)- As part of National STEM Day, a group of 6th graders received a special project.

Students were challenged with designing a 3-D puzzle cube using only five pieces and no two pieces could be alike.

The group of kids are part of the U-Stem Pilot Academy at United Middle School.

Students found themselves in the final stage of the project painting their cube before handing it off to an adult to test its design.

Students used math and science to make the puzzle out of 27 mini cubes.

The design and modeling class project was the culmination of weeks of creative thinking, mechanical dissection, and computer animated design.

The school works with a nationally recognized engineering curriculum called 'Lead the Way'.

Teacher Christina Mendoza says every student has the potential within themselves to do STEM, it just needs to be unlocked.

Currently, there are 132 United Middle School 6th graders enrolled in the academy.