Inaugural MINDFRAME competition crushes expectations

AUGUSTA, GA. – A new competition, the first of its kind in Georgia, gave students in grades 4-8 the opportunity to apply the things they’re learning in the context of either engineering or art on Oct. 6 at Augusta University.

Conceptualized by Dr. Ashley Gess and made possible by the contributions of sponsors and collaborators across the state, the MINDFRAME competition challenged students to solve two problems — one before the event, and one during — using creative problem solving and critical thinking skills.

Gess, assistant professor of STEAM education in the Department of Teaching and Leading, said the competition helps to combat one of education’s most persistent misunderstandings: That a STEM education must focus only on knowledge of hard science and mathematics principles.

“A lot of people use the term STEM as synonymous with science or synonymous with math or engineering,” Gess said. “From an educational perspective, that’s actually not correct.”

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