STEM Lab student built invention to impact hunger in third-world countries
Kathryn Lampo, a seventh grade student at STEM Magnet Lab School, has been named the state merit winner in the 2016 Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge. As the nation’s premier science competition for students grades 5-8, the annual Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge invites students nationwide to submit short videos describing a new innovation or solution that could solve or impact an everyday problem. Lampo was selected as one of only 27 state merit winners nationwide for developing a solution to an everyday problem that could ultimately reshape the way we live our lives.
In January, Lampo submitted a short video, Food For All Plant Habitat, describing her new invention to provide food to people in the harsh climates of third-world countries. In her video entry, Lampo mentions that her invention will "cheaply and sustainably provide food to the 12.9% of our world that does not have access to the nutrients they need." Using the principles of light, photosynthesis and biomimicry she created a specifically designed habitat for third world countries. Her invention changes how the plant receives energy from the sun to help it grow faster and therefore provide food faster. To test her hypothesis, she built a prototype of a water filtration system, using household materials, and ran different trials with different filters to see which one worked the best. At the end of her testing she found that her results confirmed her hypothesis - the violet filter worked best.
She rose to the top of the competition out of hundreds of submissions due to her science acumen, innovative thinking and exceptional communication skills demostrated in her video entry. Congratulations to Kathryn on this wonderful accomplishment!