Students from DeSales Catholic School participated in the 4th Annual Diocesan of Buffalo XSTREAM Games and Expo held on Sunday, December 3rd at St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute High School. Students and teachers from 27 schools in the Diocese of Buffalo area got a chance to share their accomplishments and compete against other teams.
Two teams of DeSales students represented the elementary school in the robotic competition. They faced off against 38 other teams in this technical competition. DeSales Robotics Coach, Mrs. Liz Kowalski, said of the teams’ first competition, “I am very proud of how they competed. Both teams faced technical difficulties in their challenges and pulled through. It was a great display of team work.” DeSales was also represented in the XSTREAM Arcade Academy. Dylan Lamont and Cooper Zugelder, both third graders at DeSales built an arcade game out of recycled materials. The XTREAM games gave the students a chance to show off their design and let other students play the game.
It was standing room only at the XSTREAM Games Invention Convention where students presented their inventions to a panel of judges and onlookers. DeSales 5th graders, Isabella Pearl, Izzy Watson and Lydia Lamont presented their invention, Cuddleme Buddies. Prepped with a prototype, packaging and informational display the students impressed judges with their solution to a number of childhood challenges including restlessness, energy, and anxiety; taking 2nd place overall in the competition. DeSales sixth grader, Alexia Kilroy presented her invention, The PackPerfect, earning her the Shining Star award.
DeSales Catholic School is Eastern Niagara County’s only Catholic School, serving over 300 students in Early Childhood Education through Eighth grade. For more information call (716) 433-6422 or visit www.desalescatholicschool.org.
Photo caption: (L to R) DeSales students, Lydia Lamont, Isabella Pearl, Izzy Watson and Alexia Kilroy earned honors in the XSTREAM Games and Expo Invention Convention.