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Ditson Elementary School student wins state STEM challenge after creating math game

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Ditson Elementary School student wins state STEM challenge after creating math game
Joy Hosford | December 8, 2020

Mass STEM Hub announced today the 2020 STEM Week Challenge champions, which included a Billerica elementary school student.

David Krasny, a student at Thomas Ditson Elementary School in Billerica, was named a second-place STEM Week Challenge champion by the Mass STEM Hub.

The STEM Week Challenge was an applied learning experience, where students used academic content to solve real problems designed with input from industry experts.

In high school grades, students developed an original app to slow the spread of COVID-19 in their communities.

Middle school students used the engineering design process they learned to design an adaptive device for individuals with paralysis. Students in grades kindergarten through fifth developed their own math game.

Krasny, who is a student of Ditson’s Jane Milanes, was a winner in the K-5 Challenge thanks to a game he created called “Dice Hockey,” which involves practicing multiplication.

At the upper-grade levels students from Everett High School and Amesbury Middle School, each took home first place honors.

Grades K-5 Challenge

  • First place: Amesbury Middle School
  • Second place: Thomas Ditson Elementary School in Billerica
  • Third place: Franklin Avenue Elementary School in Westfield

To learn more about the STEM Week Challenge and other hands-on learning experiences offered by Mass STEM Hub, visit

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