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r" 108 FRIDAY, MAY 13 - MONDAY, MAY 16, 2011 i Cape Gazette Project uses nanotechnology, vind farm to filter water By I-eah Hoenen problem we picked," said Ben. leah@capegazette.com Ben's primary interest is envi- ronmentai issues, while Peyton Three Beacon Middle School gravitates toward nanotechnolo- students have envisioned a way gy. Mariama enjoys learning to use wind energy to remove ex- about fossil fuels. Thethree de- cess nitrogenfrom water,cided to find a way to fix the As they researched the possi- problem of nitrogen pollution in bilities, they realized existing water. technology is not quite up to the They designed a system to use t k, but they hope one day to nanotechnology to filter nitrates see their project realized, out of water. "They are so small, ,'It wouldbe cool to grow up they go through nanofflters. We and see these things and put started to realize the solution them into action," said student couldn't work with today's tech- Ben WiswelL nology," Ben said. "We proposed Ben, Mariama Hitchens and an idea to use the wind farm to Peyton Carter took fLrSt place in power a massive desalinization Delaware in the U.S.Army's eCy- plant." bermission program, a web- He said the plant would use based technology competition multistage, flash distillation. that is free and open to students "Basically, we'd evaporate the in grades six through nine. water a bunch of times," Ben "We had to come up with a so- said. l fion, locally or nationally, to a The students would place their plant offshore next to the planned Bluewater Wind farm, returning cleaned water to shore through a pipe. The nitrogen they removed from the water would be put into the ocean, where it would be diluted to safe levels, Ben said. Ben said the project could be done with the wind farm at its currently proposed size. Students researched the cost of desalinization and the cost of different machines used to clean water, Mariama said. Ben said a lot more planning went into the project than the students anticipated. While the project was science- related, but Ben describes him- self as more of a math "student, explaining he focused on num- bers-based research. Mariama said she's realized how much more work needs to be done to advance science. Peyton said as a result of the competition, she's now consider- ing engineering as a possible ca- reer. SUBMITTED PHOTO BEACON MIDDLE SCBOOL students (I-r) Peyton Carter, Ben Wiswell and Mariama Hitchens took first place in Delaware in the U.S. Army's eCybermission online science contest. The Sussex Academy of Arts & Sciences in Georgetown host- ed a Legislative Breakfast May 2 in celebration of National Char- ter School Week. Those in attendance included state senators and representa- fives from various districts in the state of Delaware, members of the Delaware Department of Ed' ucation, and representatives from the Charter School Net- work. Also present were SAAS s hool board members, parent- teacher organization members, sports boosters members, school administrators and teachers. Those who attended the break- fast were treated to Poetry Alive l esentations by selected SAAS students. School tours were giv- en to attendees to see the teach- ezs and students in action. rThis year's theme for National Charter School Week is Because Every Child Can Succeed. Sussex leademy students continue to meet and exceed the state stan- dards as measured by state test- i0g. The Sussex Academy of Arts & Sciences has been rated a Su- perior School for each of the last ght years. It is one of 19 charter schools in Delaware and is the only charter school in Sussex 6aunty. The legislative intent for the establishment of Delaware char- dr schools was to create an alter- ative choice to traditional pub- " lic schools so as to improve stu- SUBMITTED PHOTO MEMBERS OF THE Delaware General Assembly were among the guests at the recent Sussex Academy of Arts & Sciences Legislative Breakfast. dent learning, encourage L.nova- school leaders build a culture of tion, and provide for a weU-edu- respect and high expectations. cated community. One of the One little-known statistic is principles of charter schools is that Sussex Academy students greater autonomy to innovate in- exceed other school districts' ac-' " exchange for clearly defined ac- ademic performance on average countability, by 25 to 30 percent, yet the The Sussex Academy operates school receives approximately 35 under the five core practices and percent less revenue than the av- 10 principles of expeditionary, erage school district in Sussex leaming. Throughout the school County and the state of year, students and teachers are Ddaware. involved in both school-wide and Charter schools in Delaware team learning expeditions to receive no state financial assis- promote self-discovery and con-' tance for school facilities. Facili- struct knowledge, ties are funded through private To support learnir g expedi- foundations and institutional tions, teachers, students, and loans.