SCHOHARIE, N.Y. - Wednesday, students from Schoharie High School are in Washington DC after being named one of five grand prize winners in Samsung's national Solve for Tomorrow contest in science, technology, engineering and math education.
Students will attend a luncheon celebration on Wednesday with Grammy-winner and philanthropist, John Legend, today to acknowledge their outstanding accomplishment.
They also visited Capitol Hill where Congressman Paul Tonko today congratulated the students on their win.
The competition asked students to apply their science, technology, engineering, and math learning to solving a local environmental problem. The students at Schoharie High School researched levels of soil contamination following Hurricane Irene's devastating floods in August 2011. They conducted mathematical analysis of the soil, identifying levels of phosphorous, nitrogen and PH after the storm. After synthesizing all the data, they discovered the resilience of the local ecosystem, which is bouncing back after tremendous environmental damage.
Schoharie High School will receive $100,000 of technology prizes for their winning entry.