Thursday, June 9, 2011

Spotlight on the Seventh Grade, Northwest Region, First Place Team; The Deicers

Team Name: The Deicers
Region: Northwest
Grade: 7
School: Learning Without Limits
City, State: Iowa City, Iowa
Team Advisor: Hector Ibarra
Students: Ian Andrews, Linzee Espensen, Russell Martin, Hunter Wargo
Mission Challenge: Environment

“The Deicers” team has been recognized by judges for its investigation into how the excessive amount of deicing fluids that run off of planes damage the ecosystem by deoxygenating the water in streams. The team met with scientists and experts and then created its own test ecosystem to determine the maximum amount of deicing runoff that can enter an ecosystem without harming the water. Based on their results, the students found that any amount of deicing fluid would cause a decrease in the amount of oxygen in the ecosystem, and that the larger the amount of runoff, the less likely the ecosystem will recover. The team would like to consult with its local state legislators and airport representatives to find solutions that will greatly reduce the amount of deicing runoff that is allowed to enter the local ecosystem.

Each student on "The Deicers" 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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