Students from Falcon Cove Middle School Learn about Reducing Pollution through eCYBERMISSION

Tuesday, July 18, 2017
Students from Falcon Cove Middle School researched ways to reduce ozone for national competition. The Ozonators are a team of four students, Sionika Thayagabalu, Emily Lu, Gbemi Awonusonu and Eunice Baek led by team advisor Jessica Velez. They participated in eCYBERMISSION, an army sponsored competition that focuses students in grades sixth to ninth finding reliable solutions to problems that affect our community in today's world using science, technology, engineering and mathematics. In early April, the students were informed that they were state winners and regional finalists for the 2016/17 school year. In late April, the students presented online to the regional judges. After two weeks, they became national finalists and were invited to Washington D.C. to compete at nationals. The Ozonators aimed to reduce air pollution and targeted on ground-level ozone. They researched different chemicals that reduce ground-level ozone and studied what items they were present in. The team found that oils contain these chemicals and decided to create and test skin oils in their community. After finding out that macadamia, sunflower, sea buckthorn and jojoba oil performed well in reducing ground-level ozone without harming the air quality, the Ozonators combined these essential ingredients into the form of a body butter and tested for the reduction of ozone. Their body butter successfully reduced ozone without harming the air quality.

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