Ruthie Cron, a sixth-grader at Altoona Area Junior High School, was assigned a STEM challenge for her virtual science class. Her teacher is Mrs. Hampton. The challenge was to build a book stand out of newspaper that was strong enough to hold her science book. She wanted to see how much it could hold, and it held five books before she worried that it would fall over. “The rolled newspaper was really strong!” she said. Ruthie is the daughter of Keith and Betsy Cron.