Washington, DC - April 23, 2018 – Three students from Benjamin Banneker Academic High School in Washington, DC, Bria Snell, India Skinner and Mikayla Sharrieff, have been selected as one of 8 national high school Glog section finalist in the NASA Goddard OPSPARC Challenge, making them the only team on the East Coast to be selected as a finalist. To view their Glog, go here: https://opsparc.gsfc.nasa.gov/
The students, known as S3, are 11th grade scholars and varsity cheerleaders who volunteer at the Inclusive Innovation Incubator (In3). Over the past year Bria, India and Mikayla have been participating and learning all aspects of the tech industry to include coding, community problem-solving through design, social networking, entrepreneurship, and mobile App development at In3.
When introduced to the OPSPARC NASA challenge, this dynamic trio chose a community project design to address urban lead issues by engineering a filter that cleans drinking water in schools. “In older structured homes and buildings, lead pipes have been an issue in the media. In D.C. they’re currently renovating many public schools. As a result, we have a mission to be a part of the community activism and history in the making. Our water filtration system can help aid in that mission” says S3.
S3Trio H2NO to H20 Glog needs your VOTES! Please visit In3 this week for a tour and cast your vote for the H2NO to H20 IN3 Team. Public Choice Voting begins Monday, April 23 through Monday, April 30,2018. Voting is open to anyone in the 50 U.S. states and territories. Show your support and vote for Bria Snell, India Skinner and Mikayla Sharrieff’s H2NO to H20 high school Glog Project. Please vote here https://opsparc.gsfc.nasa.gov/under 9-12th grade section.
Tours of In3 and NASA In-person Voting Schedule open to the community:
Tuesday 1:00pm- 6:30pm
Thursday 4:00pm- 7:00pm
Wednesday 3:30pm- 5:00pm
Friday 12:00pm- 6:00pm
Winning teams are invited to NASA Goddard Space Flight Center for two days of in-depth, behind the scenes, hands-on workshops with scientists and astronauts.Additionally, each winning team will receive an award stipend of $4,000, generously provided by the Foundation for Technology and Privacy Outreach to offset expenses.
Their participation with In3 is a part of their high school’s program and mission to create globally aware students through active community service. In3 is a new tech incubator corporation located in the Shaw community near Howard University and supported by Mayor Muriel Bowser’s tech inclusion initiative.
Aaron Saunders CEO of In3 along the organization’s community manager, Marissa Jennings founder of Socialgrlz teen mobile App and Travis Bolden of Hales Government Solutions provided the facility, equipment, materials, and weekly coaching to assist the young innovators with implementation of their H2NO to H20 Glog entry project.
About Inclusive Innovation Incubator ( In3)
In3 is the District of Columbia’s first community space focused on inclusion, innovation and incubation. The incubator is committed to creating a collaborative environment where under-resourced members have access to the space and services needed to build or grow a successful business.
In3 will improve the business landscape in the District by providing members with the right tools and access to financial, technical and professional resources.
Students are asked to use their imagination and creativity to identify NASA Spinoff technology in their everyday world. Items such as memory foam, invisible braces, firefighting equipment, artificial limbs, scratch-resistant lenses, aircraft anti-icing systems, shoe insoles, water filters/purification, cochlear implants, satellite television, and long-distance telecommunications were first developed for a NASA mission and then, re-worked to make everyday life easier.
Once you start discovering Spinoffs, you will be surprised to find that there’s more space in your life than you think. To display their research and ideas, students will use a combination of text, images and videos, to create a Glogster Multimedia Poster.This poster will be submitted and the student ideas will be shared with NASA.