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Posted June 12, 2017
Riverview Middle School seventh-graders designed, built and operated mini-golf courses as part of a yearlong STEAM project.
The initiative – designed to tap into Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math – involved more than 140 students in the construction of two 18-hole mini-golf courses.
Students began by writing letters to gauge interest from area businesses, and then conducted interviews to gain knowledge about participating businesses.
In April, each team of students shared scale models of three potential hole designs with their sponsor to get feedback. They then began design work on one of the holes – or in some cases a combination, based on what the sponsor wanted.
Teams researched and purchased supplies, and finally built a life-size mini-golf hole.
Students set up the course for the first time and played it May 31, then invited other students to visit during the following days. The public also had a chance to play the courses on June 1.
Teachers involved in the project were Sara Schubert, Justin Lloyd, Lisa Miller, Abbie Ward, Kari Langenhahn, Sue Sell, Kelly Ochalek, Shelley Benedict, Judy Dykstra and Jessica Barrington.
Precision Flooring donated carpet for the projects. Additional sponsors include Acuity, Bank First National, Bemis, Brittany's School of Dance, Chiro-Health Chiropractic Care Center, Chuck Van Horn Dodge, CPN Hair Studio, CSR and Sons Trucking, Culvers, Custom Craft & Trophy, Fairview Elementary School, Focus Physical Therapy, Horizon Elementary School, Johnsonville, Joseph & Joseph Dental, Kohler Co., KW Electric, Kwik Trip, Lori Feldman-Schmitt Studio of Dance, Louise Mann's Piano Studio, Marshall's Convenience Store, Masters Gallery, McNeilus Steel, Parkview Elementary School, Piggly Wiggly, Plymouth Arts Center, Plymouth Education Foundation, Plymouth Foam, Plymouth High School, Plymouth Rock Camping Resort, Quit-Qui-Oc Golf Course, Riverview Middle School, Sargento, Studio 55, Torro, and Wade House Historic Site.
• Explore the Innovative Opportunities section of our District Report Card to learn more about our engineering and STEAM programs, which are among Sheboygan County’s most established and successful.