Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Meet Dragonface: eCYBERMISSION 6th Grade National Winners

These three fearless gentlemen from Charlotte, N.C. are making kids worldwide safer during the Halloween season. Lead by Team Advisor Sharon Oats, students Harrison Bell, Clyde Nelson and Andrew Zoutewelle make up the Dragonface team from the Charlotte Latin School in Charlotte, N.C.

The Dragonface team was recognized by Virtual Judges for its efforts to make children's Halloween costumes less flammable. The team read several articles about children being badly injured by fires caused by candles in jack-o-lanterns, and after researching possible solutions, attempted to create a Borax solution that would protect costumes. The students soaked costumes in their solution, and with the help of a local fire department, recorded the time it took for each of the materials to burn. Although they found that the Borax solution did not protect polyester costumes, they did find that it caused cotton to burn less quickly. The students were interviewed by a local television station, and hope to continue to spread awareness about the dangers of flammable Halloween costumes.

"We are excited to congratulate the Dragonface team," said Dr. Michael Doyle, U.S. Army eCYBERMISSION Program Manager. "It is vital to our nation's future that we place emphasis on the importance of Science, Technology, Math and Engineering (STEM) education for our youth."

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