Spotlight on the Eighth Grade, Northwest Region, First Place Team; The Pod People
School: Fern Ridge Middle School
City, State: Veneta, Oregon
Team Advisor: Scottie Barnes
Students: Tucker Barnes, Tristan Cornelius, Connor Magid
Mission Challenge: Alternative Sources of Energy
“The POD People” team was recognized by judges for its efforts to design an alternative source of energy using a mirror, magnifying glass, and a highly reflective parabolic dish to focus heat on a Stirling engine. The team set out to improve upon this mechanism due to this countries increasing need for an alternative source of energy. Rather than reinventing the wheel, “The POD People” felt they could build upon existing and promising technologies to develop a faster solution to this problem. Using a very specific method of experimentation, the team successfully designed an engine that had a 739 percent increase in revolutions per minute (RPM) over the engine they used as the control variable for their experiment. The team looks forward to continuing their research and augmenting the engine’s variables.
Each student on "The Pod People" has won $1,000.00 in U.S. EE Savings Bonds, a certificate of recognition from the U.S. Army, and an expenses-paid trip to the National Judging and Educational Event in Washington D.C. in June to present their final projects and compete for an additional $5,000.00 in U.S. EE Savings Bonds.
To view the full list of the 2010-2011 eCYBERMISSION state and regional winning teams, click here.