Farmwell Takes Top Honors in ThinkQuest Competition
|A team representing Farmwell Station Middle School captured first place in the ThinkQuest competition sponsored by the Oracle Foundation.
The Farmwell team was honored the week of October 8th – 12th in San Francisco.
Adriel Sumathipala, Connor Cason and Jacob Merizian were awarded first place for their entry in the 16 and under category for digital media. Their project was entitled “Nobody In, Everybody Out: Changing Tactics and Traditions of the Fire Service.” (Sumathipala, Cason and Merizian are now freshman at Broad Run High School. They were students at Farmwell when this project was done. The team was coached by Farmwell Station Principal Sherryl Loya.)
Teams had approximately eight months to define a problem and present a solution using technology. An international panel of volunteer judges reviewed the entries and selected first-, second- and third-place winners within three age divisions for each event.
The Farmwell team created a website to train firefighters about advances in building materials and construction practices to help them avoid accidents at the site of a fire.
The winning teams were selected from among 5,624 teams representing 59 countries and more than 51,000 students. Countries represented by winners include the Republic of Macedonia, France, Great Britain, Greece, India, Malaysia, Puerto Rico, Romania, Serbia, Singapore, Sri Lanka, and the United States. In addition, this year’s contest recognized the top 10 schools for their overall participation. These schools hailed from India, Indonesia, the Philippines Romania, and Singapore.
The Farmwell Station team was one of only four American teams to attend the conference. They were presented their first place award by Congresswoman Anna Eshoo from California’s 14th District.
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