Barker Middle School hosted a "Stop, Drop & STEM" Day on Oct. 21 to celebrate the beginning of National Chemistry Week (Oct. 21-25). All 400 students at Barker participated in the day's activities. Students began the day competitively with a STEM Challenge "Straw Towers" where each team of students worked to make the world's tallest buildings and their structures. Students were challenged to build the tallest structure out of only 12 straws. The only other tool students could use were scissors to manipulate their straws. The top team earned a pizza lunch. The tallest straw tower in the entire building measured a height of 112 centimeters. The rest of the day students spent in all of their classes engaged in National Chemistry Week activities to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the creation of the Periodic Table of the Elements and the week's theme of Marvelous Metals. Barker's Museum of Science & Industry Partnership Team initiated the day's events led by MSI Teacher Leader Amy Hamann, who teaches seventh and eighth grade science.