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Students race back into the school building after a tour of New Leader Manufacturing in Cedar Rapids on Wednesday, Nov.
Students race back into the school building after a tour of New Leader Manufacturing in Cedar Rapids on Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019. The students met for several weeks prior to their trip to design a metal plaque that will hang in the McKinley STEAM Academy hallway. The design depicts the pillars of the school's STEAM education concept. They worked with students from Kirkwood to input their hand drawings into AutoCAD for production. (Rebecca F. Miller/The Gazette)

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