The students in Academic 3 had been recently learning about the arrival of the Pilgrims on the Mayflower and lead teacher, Miss Forrest, found a way she could tie her lesson with a hands-on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) project. Each students task was to build a “Mayflower ship” using only 3 pieces of construction paper and two paperclips. Each ship’s strength was then tested by adding marbles to see how many it could hold before sinking. Each marble was meant to represent one Pilgrim family. Each student was able to stay engaged and was able to properly be competitive with fellow classmates while practicing STEM cores to achieve results.