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    T. Ortega Gaines - ogaines@charlotteobserver.com
    Engineer Scott Mawhinney introduces the students to the structure of a square base. Students at Irwin Academic Center got a hands-on lesson in engineering by building towers from pasta and marshmallows. Nearly all the pasta-and-marshmallow structures built by the fourth- and fifth-graders as part of a Science-Technology-Engineering-Math (STEM) exercise passed the test given by engineer Scott Mawhinney, from Areva, Inc. T.Ortega Gaines - ogaines@charlotteobserver.com
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    Proud of her completed pasta and marshmallow tower, student Karen Andrade 10, placed it on her head for a laugh from her fellow classmates. Students at Irwin Academic Center got a hands-on lesson in engineering by building towers from pasta and marshmallows. Nearly all the pasta-and-marshmallow structures built by the fourth- and fifth-graders as part of a Science-Technology-Engineering-Math (STEM) exercise passed the test given by engineer Scott Mawhinney, from Areva, Inc. T.Ortega Gaines - ogaines@charlotteobserver.com
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    Fifth grade teacher , Masean Crumpler test the flexibility of her students pasta and marshmallow tower. Students at Irwin Academic Center got a hands-on lesson in engineering by building towers from pasta and marshmallows. Nearly all the pasta-and-marshmallow structures built by the fourth- and fifth-graders as part of a Science-Technology-Engineering-Math (STEM) exercise passed the test given by engineer Scott Mawhinney, from Areva, Inc. T.Ortega Gaines - ogaines@charlotteobserver.com
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    Engineer, Scott Mawhinney helps Samuel Willis with his pasta and marshmallow tower. Students at Irwin Academic Center got a hands-on lesson in engineering by building towers from pasta and marshmallows. Nearly all the pasta-and-marshmallow structures built by the fourth- and fifth-graders as part of a Science-Technology-Engineering-Math (STEM) exercise passed the test given by engineer Scott Mawhinney, from Areva, Inc. T.Ortega Gaines - ogaines@charlotteobserver.com
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    Isabella Andaluz 10, secures her tower with a peice of pasta. Students at Irwin Academic Center got a hands-on lesson in engineering by building towers from pasta and marshmallows. Nearly all the pasta-and-marshmallow structures built by the fourth- and fifth-graders as part of a Science-Technology-Engineering-Math (STEM) exercise passed the test given by engineer Scott Mawhinney, from Areva, Inc. T.Ortega Gaines - ogaines@charlotteobserver.com
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    Students, Kyle Zitney10, Aiden Sands 11, Keegan Wiggins 10, and Grant Hymes 10, create pasta and marshmallow towers. Students at Irwin Academic Center got a hands-on lesson in engineering by building towers from pasta and marshmallows. Nearly all the pasta-and-marshmallow structures built by the fourth- and fifth-graders as part of a Science-Technology-Engineering-Math (STEM) exercise passed the test given by engineer Scott Mawhinney, from Areva, Inc. T.Ortega Gaines - ogaines@charlotteobserver.com
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    Kyle Zitney 10, have fun with his pasta and marshmallow tower base. Students at Irwin Academic Center got a hands-on lesson in engineering by building towers from pasta and marshmallows. Nearly all the pasta-and-marshmallow structures built by the fourth- and fifth-graders as part of a Science-Technology-Engineering-Math (STEM) exercise passed the test given by engineer Scott Mawhinney, from Areva, Inc. T.Ortega Gaines - ogaines@charlotteobserver.com
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