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Entheos Students Earn National Recognition

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    Sarah Norris

A group of seniors led by Cassandra Ivie and Hala Louviere at  Entheos Academy in Kearns, Utah, set out to change the level of access that students in rural schools have to STEM curriculum. The resulting invention, their "Incredible Machine," earned them the 2018 Youth Leadership for Service-Learning Excellence Award by the National Youth Leadership Council

The Machine is a portable engineering club kit that is available to schools throughout Utah. Ivie and Louviere are particularly passionate about it as a tool for equity, and don't see Utah's borders as a stopping place. " I hope that the Incredible Machine eventually reaches rural and low-income youth across all of America to help give them equal access to STEM," says Louviere.

"Youth have decided that math and science are boring because they have no experience to counter that negative idea," Ivie said. "It is critical for STEM education tools to be available to all students so they can see themselves as competent in these fields, even small levels of success increase interest because it allows them to let go of their fear of inadequacy, and embrace the challenge.”

Read more about these students contributing to a better world at KUTV.com.