The Salem School Board congratulated Emily Goodpasture, Georgia Brown, Kantner Eversole, and Kaylin Young at their May meeting Tuesday night. These four students formed a team from Andrew Lewis Middle School that earned third place honors during the inaugural Student-led Ideation Challenge state championship at VCU in Richmond on April 1.
The event, developed by the Innovative Solutions Consortium in partnership with the Virginia Department of Education, offered student teams the chance to explore real-world problems, offer solutions to issues facing educational and agricultural systems or consider challenges related to unmanned aviation vehicles.
The third place winning ALMS team worked with the following question: Agriculture and Global Warming- How can we encourage and coordinate people around the world to do composting in their yards, in parks, on both active and inactive farmland?
The ALMS team received $1,500 for placing third. All winners will have the opportunity to build their prototypes with support and resources from industry experts and to present those prototypes to interested organizations and industry experts.
The teams that competed in the state championship were selected from the 42 teams from eight schools that participated in two regional competitions held earlier in 2017 at the University of Virginia and Virginia Tech.
ALMS teacher and group advisor, Judith Painter, and ALMS Principal, Dr. Forest Jones, were on hand for the recognition.