STEM-In-Action Spotlight: Bebi Davis
Over the last few weeks we have been catching up with all of our STEM-In-Action teams to see how their community projects are progressing. For those of you just tuning in, The U.S. Army Educational Outreach Program (AEOP) STEM-In-Action Grant awards eCYBERMISSION teams up to $5,000 to develop their projects into mature and scalable solutions in their community.
This year, we awarded 5 teams a STEM-in-Action Grant and have been excited to see how each team has been using their grant to help their community. This week we’re catching up with our last team, Bebi Davis, based in Hawaii.
Lice Isn't So Nice
We are Team Bebi Davus from sunny Honolulu. Although, we came from three different schools, we had one thing in common: we met as 9th graders attending junior science fair last year. If you are wondering how three kids from three different schools ended up banding together, well, that is another great story that involves a sudden tropical storm that completely DISTROYED the large tent that the science fair was held under, sending 4 of the kids to the hospital, making the nightly news and kick-starting an investigation.
Arriving at NJ&EE 2018
As young scientists, we were all influenced by a most awesome DOE science program administrator, Ms. Bebi Davis, who worked with us, independently, to get us deeper into science. When we entered the eCYBERMISSION competition, we decided to name our team “Team Bebi Davis,” in honor of our mentor.
For our project, we decided to tackle a problem that is, unfortunately, often experienced by children: head lice. Since we live in hot and humid Hawaii, it is a particularly prevalent problem for our friends and neighbors. Through trial and error, including months of experiments and hundreds of lice killed, we have come up with a solution that is safe, easy to apply and is very affordable. When we received one of the 2018 Stem-In-Action Grants, we were really excited, as we plan to bring our products to as many of Hawaii’s elementary and middle schools as possible. Since winning the grant, we have made considerable progress reaching out to schools and getting our products to parents.
"Kaput!" lice protection product
Our project was going really well, with one small success turning into another small success, until this week, when something truly unnerving happened. You will have to tune in to our blogs to find out what the most unfortunate turn of events was that sent us into a tizzy.
All we can say is: wish us good luck!
-Team Bebi Davis
NJ&EE Awards Banquet
So proud to hear of yet another one of our SIA teams doing great work in their community. Hopefully they can overcome whatever the obstacle was; we can’t wait to see how it unfolds. We’ll catch up in the New Year!