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Two Ascension Teams Place in State STEM Competition

How can we provide 3rd world countries with a safe, efficient, and cheap way to filter unclean drinking water? How can we boost plant growth for a more productive corn crop?  

Two 8th grade teams in Mrs. Rachael Futch’s Biology 1 accelerate honors class decided to solve these problems utilizing the engineering design process in eCYBERMISSION’s annual competition. According to their website, “eCYBERMISSION is a web-based science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) competition for students in grades six through nine that promotes self-discovery and enables all students to recognize the real-life applications of STEM.”
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After asking the question and defining the problem, students collaboratively designed a solution to solve these issues. Team Maji Maji created a multilevel water-filtration system consisting of river pebbles, sand, activated carbon, and cheese-cloth. Then, the team tested water from the Vermillion River before and after passing through their prototype. The result was cleaner water! Team Bond, Hydrogen Bond tested the effectiveness of nitrogen fertilizer to boost the growth rate of corn plants. Their findings concluded that the increase was negligible, and therefore the result was inconclusive. With other variables affecting the growth rate, students are eager to tackle the problem again.

Team Maji Maji, consisting of Sara G., Peyton P., and Henry N., placed second in the state and earned $500 U.S. Series EE Savings Bonds each. Team Bond, Hydrogen Bond, consisting of Charlie H., Mason M., Aidan S., and Stacey S., earned an honorable mention in this 2020 STEM competition.  Way to go, Blue Gator scientists!

To learn more about this competition, you can visit their website at https://www.ecybermission.com/.


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