West Fargo STEM Program Blog

Keep up on the latest News related to the West Fargo STEM program. As we learn together and grow together feel free to offer your insights and solutions to the challenges we face. We continue to need our community of stakeholders to support us in creating the conditions for growth in every student. Stay informed, stay involved and feel free to contact us with your questions about West Fargo STEM Education.

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West Fargo High Students Promote STEM in India

Posted on October 14, 2014 at 1:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Check out this article about WFHS STEM students and thier capstone project:  WFHS STEM in India 

Cheney STEM 8th Graders Wow the West

Posted on May 22, 2014 at 3:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Sixteen Cheney Middle School 8th grade students represented the best Oil project solutions at an international Oil Conference held in Bismarck. Congratulations to the teams on their awesome projects.  Check out the videos from various news outlets:


The next day students from Team Hurricaine were out collecting food as part of a service learnign project: 

Liberty STEM 7th Grade Best in State Ecybermission

Posted on April 13, 2014 at 4:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Liberty STEM 7th grade students on Team Voltage took first and second place for State for eCybermission—an engineering competition where the students come up with a problem to solve in our community. EACH first place winner gets a $1,000 savings bond, and our second place winners get $500 each.


Our first place winners are one of four teams (out of 11) selected to compete for regionals. If they win regionals, they will win an additional $2,000 each and will be off to compete for nationals in Washington DC where they will also meet the president! There they can win ANOTHER $5,000 each!


1st Place State: Team T.2.6 (Seham Ahmed, Aurora Pederson, Steph Hewitt, and Payton Nevland) created an app that alerts you when your school bus is running late.


2nd Place State: Team Faze (Kamden Baer, Jackson Thurn, Noah Kuck, and Thomas Bye) created a time management watch.


All of our teams scored really high for the competition—we are very proud!



Jane Laux, Eric Dobervich, Andrew Preston, and Stephanie Gorde are Team Voltage teachers

-submitted by Michelle Weber 


Cheney Verizon App Team Best in Nation

Posted on February 27, 2014 at 8:55 AM Comments comments (0)


We are proud of the hard work, creativity, collaboration, critical thinking and communication the Verizon App challenge team snap docs has exemplified this year. Under the leadership of parent advisor Toni Stith the app team won Best in Nation earning $20,000 for the STEM program and to develop their app. Students on the team include Joram Stith, Sera Blake, Haison Nguyen, Zach Milbrandt, Hunter Kloemedst. These students will each receive a Samsung Galaxy tablet and will work with advisors from MIT to code their app, ultimately presenting it at the National Technology Student Association competition in Washington DC.

02/04 Informational Meeting Set Regarding STEM Programs & Pathways

Posted on February 1, 2014 at 3:35 PM Comments comments (0)

An informational meeting will be held at Cheney Middle School on Tuesday February 4th 6:30pm regarding STEM programming in West Fargo Public Schools.

STEM Students take Best in State for The Verizon App Challenge

Posted on January 25, 2014 at 4:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Two teams from Cheney Middle school's STEM program have tied for Best in State for the Verizon App Challenge.  Congratulations to the Verizon App Challenge winners for Best in State in North Dakota - Joram Stith, Haison Nguyen, Sera Blake, Hunter Koehmstedt, Zach Milbrandt, Raeef Rahman, Tejas Bajwa, Gideon Kamau, Mohamed Hamza, Adam Khan, and Hunter Cowdrey. Their apps - Snap Docs and Evac - will advance to the next level of competition, Best in Region, which will be announced on February 4th.

STEM Center students app gains national attention

Posted on August 6, 2013 at 2:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Check out this story on some tech Saavy students that were empowered to dream big and create at the West Fargo STEM Center. There is no doubt that when we encourage students to apply their knowledge and create meaningful products their acheivements will mystify us. Well done STEM students!

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STEM Academy

Posted on July 26, 2013 at 9:05 PM Comments comments (0)

The first ever West Fargo STEM Academy produced learning opportunities for students and adults, together.  Student participants modeled design focused learning and the application of the Engineering Design Process. Teachers worked hard to develop and apply their philosophy of STEM Education as well as form a standards based instructional unit. Teachers implemented the curriculum they developed with students to test it out prior to the start of the schoolyear.  See more on the projects and learning going on at STEM Academy by viewing the following links or visiting

Former STEM Students at TEDx Fargo

Posted on June 7, 2013 at 3:05 PM Comments comments (0)

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Former STEM students Mayim Stith and Allison Inman gave a great presentation at TEDx Fargo about the STEM education and how it compares with the traditional system. Tackling the question of how to get more students interested in schooling and education, they bring to the table what STEM has to offer. They elaborate on how the mindset of the children changes between the two education systems, and explain how in STEM, students are more geared for learning in a more interactive and engaging manner. Giving examples from their own experience, Stith and Inman portray the true meaning and potential of the STEM education system.

West Fargo Cardboard Boat Regatta 2013

Posted on June 7, 2013 at 2:00 PM Comments comments (0)

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Michelle Strand, the physics and AP physics teacher at the High School, held her first annual West Fargo Cardboard Boat Regatta at the LE Berger Pool this past year. Applying their knowledge of fluid motion, students in all of her classes got the opportunity to put their creativity and engineering skills to the test as they worked in teams to build full-size boats made solely out of cardboard and different kinds of adhesives. Two group members then raced their boat the length of the pool, going down and back against other teams. Awards were presented to the fastest boat, as well as the best theme, the best design, and many other fun awards such as the most spectacular sinking. With a total of 26 boats racing, the pool was packed with spectators from all around cheering on their favorite team bringing a very upbeat and exciting energy to the atmosphere. Due to all the positive feedback and attention from the boat regatta, Michelle Strand has high hopes of continuing the project for years to come.


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