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Storage Wars: Students Explore STEM through Container Design Thanks to the rising popularity of “tidying experts,” it’s now easier than ever to find the best methods for storing items like clothing and cooking utensils. But what’s the optimal container for a dozen donuts? Or your cell phone, while it’s still charging? Or, perhaps, a human heart? At Archbishop Ryan High School, these are real questions AP Statistics and Calculus students tackle through the Container Design Project. Overseen by Sister Alice Hess, IHM, the project gives student real-world experience applying STEM concepts as they design containers from scratch. The process culminates in a competition and cash prizes. In order to win, students must designate responsibilities across their teams. They must manage their resources to meet concrete deadlines. Finally, they must defend their designs to a panel of 60 judges — including 20 professional engineers. 16