Fifth grade student project heads to nationals in the NSTA/ Toshiba ExploraVision Challenge

Students in fifth through seventh grades participated in the 2021 NSTA/Toshiba ExploraVision Challenge, an experience affording students time to work collaboratively to design forward-thinking solutions to real world problems of today. One of our fifth grade teams was selected to represent or region in the National competition in April. In addition, Open Window School had 6 honorable mentions in fifth through seventh grades.

Project by a team of two fifth graders going to Nationals:

The Coagulation Filtration System (CFS) is a solar-powered, portable water filtration system designed to address the world's growing problems associated with contaminated drinking water. The CFS filters, coagulates, flocculates, and sediments water in a clean, efficient way. Through this system, wastewater is also acted on by Ideonella sakaiensis microbes which break down harmful microplastics, preventing them from re-entering aquatic ecosystems. All people should have access to clean, safe drinking water. The Coagulation Filtration System is designed to deliver on this belief.

Honorable Mentions:

In seventh:
  • The Cancer Detector: VOC (Volatile Organic Compound) Analyzer – Team of 4
  • Sustainable Refrigeration and Transportation of mRNA Vaccines – Team of 3
In sixth:
  • Hydro Turbine – Team of 3
In fifth:
  • The Bioplastic Project – Team of 2
  • Next-Generation Coastal Wind Turbine – Team of 3
  • Solar Car System – Team of 3
Congratulations to all student participants and to science teacher teams Andrew Mechling, Liesel Benecke, Elliott Skopin, and Jimmie Willis!
Open Window School provides a challenging academic curriculum blended with nurturing support from teachers that prepares students for long-term success.