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Lincoln K-8 students place third in national contest

Garrett Short
Created: June 01, 2020 06:51 PM

(ABC 6 News) - A group of Lincoln K-8 fifth graders placed third in a national contest based on engineering and ingenuity.

Alexa Schmidt, Ben Werner, Charlotte Cummings and Zoe Chen put their heads together for the Thomas Edison Pitch Contest. They tackled a worldwide problem: access to energy.

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"After doing some research we found out that 1.2 billion in the world don't have electricty and because of that we wanted to help them," Schmidt said.

The students found that the solution was right underneath them the whole time. The four students have always enjoyed alternative seating, sitting on their ball chairs at school. They built a contraption that creates power by bouncing on the ball chair and can store the power in a battery and can be used to charge electronics.

Rochester Public Schools Gifted and Talented Specialist Vandi King says the group learned from each other and grew a lot while working together, helping them place third out of 180 teams.

"It was just a great opportunity for project-based learning. It allows the students to use their innovative ideas, have dedication to a team, show leadership. We saw that throughout the project," King said.

This the first time a Minnesota school has ever placed in the top three.

Longfellow Elementary also submitted a project to the Thomas Edison Pitch Contest.


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