World Changers!

We’d like to congratulate the first, second and third place winners in this year’s Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge! And the winners are (drum roll)….

Grand Prize Winners: Team “Dead Weight” from West Branch, Iowa
– West Branch Middle School Students Jathan Kron (age 12), Justin Roth (age 13) and Brennan Nelson (age 12), along with their teacher, Hector Ibarra, raised awareness about the dangers of lead wheel weights in vehicles to help phase out this hazardous material in the tire industry.

Second Place Winners: Team “Recycle Because You Care” from Addison, Ill.
– St. Philip the Apostle School students Angel Lozzio (age 13), Maggie O’Brien (age 12) and Dana Gattone (age 13), along with their team advisor, Dawn O’Brien, recruited non-recycling households in their community to start recycling, and launched a school-wide recycling program.

Third Place Winners: Team “Stewards of the Pamlico Sound” from Buxton, N.C.
– Cape Hatteras Secondary School of Coastal Studies students Evan Haas (age 14), Ashley Hodges (age 14) and Kailee Pieno (age 14), along with their teacher, Tracy Shisler, created an artificial oyster reef to restore the oyster population of Pamlico Sound.

More than 2,000 students participated in the inaugural challenge, with the grand prize winners receiving a comprehensive prize package, including 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 an eco-friendly prize pack of school supplies.

Congrats to all the winners!  And don’t forget, if you’re an elementary teacher and would like to have your students participate, keep an eye on in August for details how!



  1. Michele Futch said:

    What a bright future lies ahead for these students and their teachers!

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