The St. Ursula Academy STEM Team has been working diligently this school year in various projects, including The Lexus Eco Challenge, and the Ability One Competition. In August, the girls created a modified rain garden to filter the pollutants from their school’s parking lot, for Part One of the Lexus Eco Challenge. They were one of eight winning high school teams, and were awarded $10,000, and the chance to compete in the Final Challenge.
For the final challenge, the girls shined light on the current lightbulb issues, due to the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007. They have created a website, www.lightbulbinfo.org, distributed informational handouts to many local stores in Ohio and Michigan, and have been contacting people all over world. The main goal is to teach buyers about selecting their next, more efficient lightbulb, and to persuade them to recycle their old Compact Fluorescent Lightbulbs in order to reduce pollution caused by the bulbs’ mercury contents.
This project, due this upcoming week, has a grand prize of $30,000, and four second place prizes of $15,000.
Learn more about their project on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram @lightbulbinfo