SANDY — With just a couple of weeks to complete the job, a team of 10 students from Beehive Science and Technology Academy created an egg design to represent the state of Utah at the White House Easter Egg Roll on Monday.
The students, some of them sixth-graders, created a design that included images of Delicate Arch, a skier, a seagull and a honeycomb pattern. The design requirements stipulated that only the colors of red, pink, gold, blue, green and white as a background color could be used.
U.S. Department of Education criteria said ideally, participating schools should be STEM-centered, referring to science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
Utah State Superintendent of Public Instruction Sydnee Dickson asked Beehive Science and Technology Academy, a public charter school that serves students in grades 6-12, to represent Utah.
The White House egg roll dates back to 1878 under President Rutherford B. Hayes.
Art teacher Carelene Walloch oversaw the project along with computer science teacher, Sumeyra Gul.
Walloch said students at Beehive Science and Technology are highly motivated in STEM, but art instructions helps stir their creativity.
“I really like some of the choices they made. The seagull, that was on the image, about three kids worked on that,” she said.
“It’s so fun, step by step. One person would do something and it springboarded another thing and it springboarded another thing and all these kids putting in these different ideas. It was wonderful.”
Walloch said it is especially fun to be an arts teacher at a science and technology academy.
“You got all these kids who are so tech savvy. All my kids are geeks. All the kids at this school are really centered into that technology, that engineering. It’s just something that they really enjoy," she said.
"They come to my class with that technical mind and they learn to apply creativity to everything they do. It’s just amazing what these kids come up with. I’m just so proud of my kids. They have such amazing minds."
Students who participated in the project were Jamison Wayman, Heather Cloward, Aliah Tedjamulia, Isaac Wilcoxon, Asim Kablan, Elnura Kibarova, Hayden Ure, Michael Mertens, Zaya Harker and Aiden Pasinsky.
Beehive Science and Technology Academy was named charter school of the year for 2016 by the Utah Association of Public Charter Schools. It was also designated a Platinum STEM School, just one of only two schools to receive this designation by the Utah State Board of Education and the STEM Action Center for the 2015-16 school year.
In October 2017, Beehive was selected an Apple Distinguished School for 2017-19.