The Carthage Junior High Science Club is using science to try to help the community and win thousands of dollars in technology for its school.

The Carthage Junior High Science Club is using science to try to help the community and win thousands of dollars in technology for its school.
The Club was recently selected the Missouri state winner of the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest, winning $25,000 in Samsung technology for Carthage Junior High.
As one of 51 winners from each state and the District of Columbia, the club will produce a video and demonstrate a live prototype of their project for a national contest that will finish in early April.
The video will be posted on social media and the public will be able to vote on it, with the winner of the social media contest winning thousands more in technology.
The national winner gets $150,000 in technology from Samsung and the Community Choice winner gets an additional $20,000 in technology got their school.
The Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest is a program that encourages students to solve real-world issues in their community using classroom skills in science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM).
The CJHS Science Club was chosen based on their proposal to use STEAM skills to engineer an enclosed aquaponics system primarily of repurposed materials and partially fueled by solar power. To tackle this project, students studied alternative energy, greenhouses, fish hatcheries, and other community resources to learn more about working with these concepts.
Seventh Grade student Izzabella Reynolds said the students are growing a variety of food plants in their system and they hope to donate any food they grow to a food pantry.
“In Carthage, not everyone has a ton of money and it's hard for them to supply food for their families, so this is just a little thing to help that cause,” Reynolds said. “Whenever the plants reach full maturation, what we want to do is to give that food to the community and give back for what everyone does for us.”
Student Garrett Lown said the project will use fish from live fish to fertilize the plants.
We're debating between getting tilapia and bluegill,” Lown said. “If we do bluegill, we're going to plant duckweed, which will feed the fish.”
Student Daniel Hudson said the students got a used sump pump to pump the water from a holding tank in the bottom of the vertical system to the top of it.
Student Ma'Ryssa Sanderson said gravity will take over at that point and water the plants.
“The water is going to go back down to where the fish are,” Sanderson said. “And the fish are going to go to the restroom and the fish waste is going to help the plants grow.”
The students have until Feb. 13 to submit their video using the technology kit they've already received from Samsung.
Sometime in March, Samsung will announce 10 finalists and those 10 teams will present their prototype to a panel of judges, and three winners will be announced in early April.