Middle School

Middle School National Winners

Siemens, Discovery Education and NSTA are pleased to announce the National Middle School Winners of the 2011-2012 Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge! See the winners from grades K-2, 3-5 and 9-12.

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First Place - NEW JERSEY

  • Team Name Americans Idle
  • Location Manahawkin, NJ
  • School All Saints Regional Catholic School
  • Students
    • Anthony Ricci
    • Samantha Barton
    • Michael Cofone
  • Teacher/Mentor Stephen Kubricki
  • Description Clouds of smoke and exhaust fumes everywhere. That is what Team Americans Idle faced everyday in the parking lot of their schools. Their team had a unique approach to the problem of voluntary car idling. In addition to changing the drop-off and pick-up process at their school, Team Americans Idle instituted outreach efforts, designed innovative technology devices that remind the driver when they are idling for more than 3 minutes and have been the catalyst for legislative initiatives.
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Second Place - IOWA

  • Team Name Compost Happens
  • Location Iowa City, IA
  • School Iowa City Junior High School
  • Students
    • Eleanor Mildenstein
    • Max Otoadese
    • Linzee Espensen
    • Michael Berg
  • Teacher/Mentor Hector Ibarra
  • Description Compost Happens focused on environmental problems associated with the compaction of food waste in landfills and how to change attitudes and behaviors within their community with a food waste diversion program. Schools, neighborhoods, grocery stores and restaurants participated in the project. In the end, data that showed significant volumes of food waste was diverted from landfills. The students also worked with legislators to craft a bill that addresses food waste.
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  • Team Name The Black Gold Miners
  • Location Acton, MA
  • School Raymond J. Grey Junior High School
  • Students
    • Aidan Pavao
    • Akash Purohit
    • Akshay Karthik
    • Nikhil Srinivasan
  • Teacher/Mentor Padmini Narayan
  • Description After learning about the disturbing statistics about trash, The Black Gold Miners decided to work on a project to help reduce trash in their community through composting. The project involved raising awareness about composting among town residents and proposing school-wide and town-wide composting plans. Their research including conducting a town-wide survey about composting, consulting with officials from the Massachusetts DEP, as well as taking field trips to area farms and universities that run successful large-scale composting programs. To increase public awareness, the team created a web-site containing facts and a “how-to” guide about composting in addition to presenting their research and action plans to the Acton Board of Selectman and school officials.
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