Students in Kenosha Hope to Come Up with Better Road Salt

A seventh grade class at Lincoln Middle School in Kenosha is hoping to come up with better road salt.

The students started “Project ICE” after winning state in Samsung’s “Solve for Tomorrow” contest. ICE stands for individuals cleaning the environment.

The goal of Samsung’s contest is to inspire kids and get them thinking about how they can impact the world. Lincoln Elementary was awarded $20,000 worth of technology for its win on the state level. Now the students are using tablets and cameras to document how road salt affects the environment.

“We’ve used salt and it shows it melts the ice, but it can also kill plants and harm animals,” Sam Wickersheim, a seventh grader at Lincoln Middle School explained.

The students are hoping to find a better solution to keep our streets and sidewalks safe during the winter.

There are only about two weeks left for the class. The students plan to create a video highlighting what they found. Their results will be judged at the national level.

Out of the 51 state winners, Samsung will pick 15 national finalists. Those videos will then go online for the public to vote. All national finalists will get a minimum of $40,000 in technology for their school.

The 15 national finalists will then be narrowed down to five national winners. The public will choose one winner by voting at Samsung, Samsung employees will choose another winner, and a panel of judges will select the other three. All five winners will get a technology grant of $120,000.

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