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At tech conference, scrappy students from a low-income STEM school have something to prove | Chalkbeat


The teenagers from Thornton hop around the giant wooden blocks stacked in three-foot towers, trying to figure out which piece can be removed without it all crumbling down. The team from Academy High School has come here, to an annual tech competition, to prove they can stack up against students from places of privilege, from schools that always make the best-of lists. The Giant Jenga tournament is their best chance.