Local students take part in national STEM competition
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BALLSTON SPA, N.Y. -- There's a national competition underway that is challenging kids ages 10 to 15 to "make the world more awesome."
More than 300 technology students from Ballston Spa Middle and High School have submitted their projects to the "Wouldn't It Be Cool If..." competition.
The idea is for the students to identify a problem they see in the world that could be solved through science, technology, engineering, or math.
This STEM challenge is co-sponsored by entertainer will.i.am from the Black Eyed Peas and Time Warner Cable's Connect a Million Minds initiative.
Some of the students' ideas include a personal lollipop-maker, boots that massage the wearer's feet, and a military tank that could fly.
Not only are students learning to think outside of the box, but they have a chance to have their idea become a reality through the help of a design firm.
Sixth grader Madison Wolfe said, "I would not know what to do. Every single emotion would be going through my head. I'd be really, really excited."
Sixth grader Ryan Coulombe said, "I would be extremely excited. I'd be so excited that I'd probably jump out the wall. I'd be really excited. That would be awesome. To have my own tank out there would be awesome."
The last date for kids to enter is March 28th.
You can help to choose the winners by going online and voting for four finalists. The grand prize winner will be chosen by a panel of judges.