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Apr. 25, 2018 11:21 am

DC students named finalists in NASA spinoff competition

Eleventh graders Bria Snell, India Skinner and Mikayla Sharrieff developed their water filter project at Inclusive Innovation Incubator.

NASA Goddard OPSPARC finalists: Bria Snell, India Skinner and Mikayla Sharrieff.

(Photo courtesy Inclusive Innovation Incubator)

Three students from D.C.’s Benjamin Banneker Academic High School are among eight finalists in a competition challenging students to find uses for NASA spinoff technology in everyday life.

Eleventh graders Bria Snell, India Skinner and Mikayla Sharrieff created their project to address issues with lead pipes in urban aras as part of work at the Inclusive Innovation Incubator, according to a press release.

The team, which goes by S3, is a finalist for the NASA Goddard OPSPARC Challenge. Winning teams get invited to NASA Goddard in Greenbelt, Md., for two days of workshops with scientists and astronauts, as well as $4,000. Public Choice Voting is open through April 30.

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The Glog project, called S3Trio H2NO to H20, shows a filter that’s designed to clean drinking water in schools. They noted that D.C. is currently renovating many schools, where it could be used.

Along with the project, the team has been exploring tech industry areas including coding, community problem-solving through design, social networking, entrepreneurship and mobile app development at In3. It’s part of a program at their high school.

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Along the way, they got support and In3 CEO Aaron Saunders, community manager Marissa Jennings and Travis Bolden of Hales Government Solutions.

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