West Branch Siemens Challenge Winners!

Information from: http://wecanchange.com/national-winners/ & http://wecanchange.com/media-room/

Team Name Team Dead Weight
Location West Branch, Iowa
School West Branch Middle School
Students: Jathan Kron, Justin Roth, Brennan Nelson
Teacher/Mentor Hector Ibarra

Description: Team Dead Weight’s goal was to get the word out about the dangers of lead wheel weights in vehicles, and to help to phase out this hazardous material in the tire industry. This group of students presented to the City Council, Community School District and other civic organizations. The city and school districts were convinced; they agreed to phase out lead wheel weights in vehicles owned by the city and school districts. In addition, the students teamed up with several legislators to develop three bills proposing to phase out the harmful metal.

This grand prize-winning team receives a comprehensive prize package for their accomplishments, which includes an appearance on Planet Green, Discovery’s 24-hour eco-lifestyle network, a once-in-a-lifetime Discovery Adventure Trip accompanied by a Discovery TV personality, a $5,000 U.S. Savings Bond, a chance to present their project before a panel of environmental experts, a flip camera and a Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge eco-friendly prize pack of school supplies.

In addition to the above, the team’s advisor will receive free registration and hotel accommodations at an upcoming NSTA national or area conference, a one-year membership to NSTA and a 12-month subscription to Discovery Education Science, the digital content library designed to engage today’s technology-savvy students with science.

Congratulations to Mr. Ibarra and his students for an outstanding accomplishment. You are doing a great job of representing the state of Iowa.

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