Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Spotlight on the Ninth Grade, Southeast Region, First Place Team; Team Charger 5

Team Name: Team Charger 5
Region: Southeast
Grade: 9
School: Providence Day School
City, State: Charlotte, North Carolina
Team Advisor: Barbara Morrow
Students: Tanner Love, Savannah Morgan, Daniel Morrow
Mission Challenge: Food, Health and Fitness

“Team Charger 5” set out to explore the possibility of reducing the amount of bacteria inside the classroom. The team’s experiment would test how bacteria would react to UV-C light at difference distances, as well as different lengths of time. The experiment revealed that UV-C light had no effective on the bacteria when placed at a distance greater than one meter. However, when the UV-C light is placed within one meter of the bacteria for six to seven hours, the team recorded a 12 percent reduction in bacteria growth. Further trials proved that when UV-C light is within one meter, it is very effective in reducing bacteria growth. The team recognized that in order for the lights to be effective inside the classroom, schools would have to install a light lowering system and safety equipment. Although it’s expensive, “Team Charger 5” believes that adding UV-C lights to classrooms would not only create a safer environment for students, but would potentially improve the health and well-being of the entire community.

Each student on "Team Charger 5" has won $3,000.00 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.

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