St. Ursula Academy is proud to announce that five members of its Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Club recently won the Lexus Eco Challenge, a national contest for students in grades 6-12 that gets them involved in an environmental issue that affects their community. The SUA team’s project, “Upcycle the Wastes,” involved mixing manure, dead leaves, dredge sediment, and zebra mussel shells to create a new soil mixture to combat Lake Erie watershed problems in northwest Ohio. As part of the challenge, the team used critical thinking and research skills to find a solution, test it, and report on the results.
SUA’s team includes seniors Sarah Brown, Veronica Eichbauer, Madelyn Jeffrey, and Ellie White, as well as sophomore Hannah Jeffrey. A $10,000 prize will be shared among these students, their moderator, and SUA’s STEM program.
SUA science teacher and STEM Club moderator Jackie Kane said the team will now advance to the next round of the Challenge. “We will look at our solution on a more global scale, refine our discoveries, connect with more interested people, explore the extent and constraints involved, and share with a larger community. We believe that our materials are abundant locally around the world, and our mixture can be upscaled to produce a valuable product, while reducing several environmental issues.”
SUA’s STEM Club involves more than 20 students, with a focus on a variety of related areas, including environmental issues and robotics.