Two students from Richard Montgomery High School in Rockville were named finalists in the Siemens Foundation and Discovery Education sixth annual Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge, an environmental sustainability challenge designed to provide kindergartners through 12th-graders with the tools and inspiration to improve their schools, communities and world.
Junior Richard Yarrow of Bethesda and senior Jessica Li of Gaithersburg, as Team: Green Rockets, made it to the finals with their project to create effective, eco-friendly soap and detergent. They were the Montgomery County team to place in the competition.
Maryland had three other finalist teams, including the winner from Glen Burnie, which invented a novel biosensor and filter for environmental contaminants.
As part of the contest, students across the country identified environmental issues in their schools and communities and created replicable solutions using digital curriculum designed by Discovery Education. The winners were selected on each project’s viable solution to a real world environmental challenge, their ability to engage the support of the local community and their ability to be replicated globally.