Spotlight on the Eighth Grade, Southeast Regional First Place Team: Strawberry Alliance

Four eighth grade students from Lawton Chiles Middle Academy in Lakeland, Fla., received a first place award in this year’s national eCYBERMISSION competition. With this award, each team member will receive a $3,000.00 U.S. EE Savings Bond, a certificate of recognition from the U.S. Army and an expenses-paid trip to the National Judging and Educational Event in Baltimore, Md., in June to present their final projects.

The “Strawberry Alliance” team, comprised of students Taylor Daugherty, Joey White, Kelsey Curlutu and Rami Harb, and led by Team Advisor Debbie Viertel, was recognized by judges for its efforts to protect strawberry crops during freezing temperatures, while dealing with a limited supply of water.

The team found that a foam blanket is a non-toxic and safe method to use on crops because the foam acts as a blanket that protects plants when the weather gets colder. The team used their findings to create informational fliers for the agriculture community and Southwest Florida Water Management District. These fliers describe how insulating foam can be used to protect low lying crops and save 60 to 70 gallons of water per minute.

To view a full list of the 2009-2010 eCYBERMISSION regional winning teams, click here.


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