Local 8th grade girls compete for national title at STEM competition

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

A team of Northshore School District girls will leave for Washington D.C. this month to test their engineering skills in a STEM competition sponsored by the U.S. Army's Educational Outreach Program. The team took first place in the state of Washington, and then went on to win to prize in the western region (made up of 10 states). The girls will be one of five eighth grade teams vying for the grand prize on June 19.

ecyberphotoFrom left to right: Amelie Fry, Chloe Hong, Katie Walker and Julie Zaki. Photo by Jasmine Fry. (Courtesy photo)

Amelie Fry, of Woodinville, and her teammates -- Chloe Hong, Julie Zaki and Katie Walker, all of Bothell -- created rain garden models to examine what materials and designs would best reduce pollutants traveling into the Puget Sound through rain water.  The girls first participated in the competition last year as seventh graders, and earned third place at the state level.

The U.S. Army sponsors eCYBERMISSION, a web-based science, technology, engineering and math program that is designed to cultivate student interest in STEM by encouraging students in grades six through nine to develop solutions to real-world problems in their local communities. The event is administered by the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA).

The team will compete June 20 in the national showcase, which will be live-streamed and the audience can vote for their favorite team. The winners of the People's Choice Award will receive iPad minis. Voting will begin at 1:30 PM ET on June 20 at

The eCYBERMISSION winners will be announced June 21. Each member of the winning team will win $5,000 in U.S. savings bonds. Fry, Hong, Zaki and Walker have each earned $4,000 in savings bonds for placing first at the state and regional levels.

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