2016-05-05 / Community News

BMS student earns recognition

Can we domesticate new crop species to feed the world? What alternatives can we develop to replace plastic grocery bags that may take 1,000 years to decompose in a landfill? These are a few of the STEMoriented challenges addressed by this year’s national winners of The DuPont Challenge.

More than 9,000 entries from all 50 U.S. states, Canada and U.S. territories were submitted to The DuPont Challenge, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary as the nation’s premier science writing competition. Biddeford Middle School eighth grader Claudia Janelle entered the Junior Division (grades six through eight) along with her entire SciencePlus class and her essay was chosen as an honorable mention. Janelle’s essay entitled, “The Automatic Box Carrier,” proposed a drone that would carry produce from pickers to the truck in order to save labor on a farm. Her extended family owns Anderson Farm where she has been a picker during their harvest season.

Janelle was the only Maine student to be chosen. Honorable mention students receive a $200 U.S. Savings Bond and a hardcover book. The Savings Bond is provided by the National Science Teachers Association and the book is donated by Britannica.

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