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Lower Dauphin High School STEM team wins people's choice award

Posted 6/20/18

Lower Dauphin High School’s team of Hailey Foreman, Morgan Cummings, Annie Dickinson, Kelly Barr and Abbie Natkin recently competed in the statewide Governor’s STEM Competition at …

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Lower Dauphin High School STEM team wins people's choice award

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Lower Dauphin High School’s team of Hailey Foreman, Morgan Cummings, Annie Dickinson, Kelly Barr and Abbie Natkin recently competed in the statewide Governor’s STEM Competition at Thaddeus Stevens College in Lancaster.

The competition was broken into three groups — sustainability, survivability and medical. Competing in the sustainability bracket, the Lower Dauphin students debuted their final prototype, “Plastioca: The Tapioca Bioplastic of the Future.”

The team, coached by high school science teacher Beth Kirman, won the people’s choice award for most ecologically friendly and took first in their division.

Competing against the other top projects from the other divisions, the team placed third in the state.

Plastioca is a biodegradable, renewable and green alternative to traditional polymer-based plastics. For their project, the girls used a 3D printer at school to create molds to form a soda six-pack holder.

The team qualified for states by winning the regional competition earlier in the year. They were the only all-female group to advance and become one of the top teams in the state.