Garlough Students to Compete in ZOOMS
Garlough Students to Compete in Minnesota Zoo’s ZOOMS STEM Design Challenge
Posted on 03/15/2019
Ari and Luke
Garlough third grade students Luke Christophers and Ari Carls-Rohvsky.

Students from Garlough Environmental Magnet School will compete in a statewide exhibition at the Minnesota Zoo on March 19. The Minnesota Zoo’s ZOOMS STEM Design Challenge, presented by Flint Hills Resources, is a yearlong project that challenges elementary and middle school students from across Minnesota to develop solutions for real zoo-based scenarios using their creativity, math, science and engineering skills.

Over the past month, staff from the Zoo visited 32 schools, including Garlough, to evaluate 809 projects in this year’s challenge. The top 38 elementary school projects and the top 35 middle school projects were then selected to advance to the ZOOMS STEM Design Challenge Exhibitions at the Minnesota Zoo, where students will showcase their design challenge solutions.

 Jason and Miranda
 Garlough fourth graders Jason Landaverde-
Rodriguez and Miranda Arnold.

Projects by 7 students from Garlough were selected to advance to the exhibition. Attendees include third grade students Luke Christophers and Ari Carls-Rohvsky, and fourth grade students Noelle Zvara, Andreu Villa, Evelyn Menzhuber, Jason Landaverde-Rodriguez and Miranda Arnold. This year’s challenge focused on the Zoo’s moose exhibit. Students spent more than 30 hours on their projects during the school year.

"Authentic experiences for kids are integral to the learning process, and what better way to bring science concepts to life than through animals?” said John Frawley, director and president of the Minnesota Zoo. “We are grateful for our partnership with Flint Hills Resources for making this program possible. It is simply remarkable to see the ideas that young, imaginative, motivated minds can come up with.” 

The ZOOMS STEM Design Challenge is made possible by a partnership dating back to 1989 between the Minnesota Zoo and Flint Hills Resources.

“STEM is everywhere at the Minnesota Zoo, and we give a lot of credit to the exceptional team at the zoo for creating this unique and hands-on program to inspire Minnesota students,” said Geoff Glasrud, vice president and manufacturing manager of the Flint Hills Resources Pine Bend refinery. 

The project of Garlough fourth grade students Noelle Zvara, Andreu Villa and Evelyn Menzhuber.
 The project of Garlough fourth grade students Noelle Zvara, Andreu Villa and Evelyn Menzhuber.