6th graders provide research for oil fracking industry

Published: Jun. 28, 2015 at 1:12 PM CDT|Updated: Dec. 27, 2015 at 2:12 PM CST
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Four students from Whiteface Middle School are working to advance technology in the oil industry, one project at a time.
The 6th grade team won national title for their grade level at the eCyber Nationals, a STEM competition.

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) has been a program at Whiteface for 13 years, and the school has quite a track record for winning.

Together Dwayne, Elizabeth, Kaden and Caleb created a project using a distillation unit that oil companies could use to purify waste flow back from hydrolic fracturing.

The team won a total of $9,000 for each of the four team members. Additionally they secured a $5,000 grant for public appearances to further educate the public about this process and the danger to our drinking water and for our crops. The eighth grade team chose as their project to study the declining honey bee population and the native bees that are emerging to fill the need for pollinators for crops and vegetable gardens. They won first in state and first in south central region. Their total winnings were $4,000 for each of the four team members.

Advisor Laura Wilbanks and Sharon Smith assisted the team in their findings and project.