Republic Middle School students win $6,500 for school after clean water project

REPUBLIC, Mo. (KY3) – Republic Middle School students recently helped their school win $6,500 from Samsung for using STEM education to solve a key problem.

Students test their science, technology, engineering and math skills to improve access to safe and clean drinking water. With the help of teacher Olivia Rowland, the students created a portable, reusable purifying straw to effectively filter drinking water.

After completing this project, Republic Middle School was named the state winner of Samsung’s 12th annual Solve for Tomorrow competition, a program that encourages students to solve real-world problems in their communities using STEM skills. Globally, more than 884 million people lack access to clean water and are at risk of disease, a problem Republic’s project solves.

Samsung recently announced 100 winners and awarded prizes in the nationwide competition. If Republic’s project is selected as a national finalist in March, the school will win a total of $50,000 and then pitch their project to a panel of judges for a chance to win a grand prize of $100,000.

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