Elmira/Corning Regional Airport
"Radiclear" Wins Big in D.C.
Written By: Joe Melillo
Hannah Doerksen-Goldwater and Kayle Watson’s project Radiclear came in second place in the 7th through 9th grade group at Toshiba’s Exploravision science completion.
Corning (WENY) - Two local girls are doing their part to help the environment and winning awards along the way. The two students at Corning's Alternative School for Math and Science made it all the way to Washington D.C. with a project that helps clean contaminated fracking water. Hannah Doerksen-Goldwater and Kayle Watson's project Radiclear came in second place in the 7th through 9th grade group at Toshiba's Exploravision science completion. They beat out more than 4,500 other projects. The 7th graders teamed up to create a science project that had meaning to them. They decided to create a way to treat fracking water, contaminated with high radium levels. Its called Radiclear, and the concept uses carbon nanotubes infused with magnesium oxide. The magnesium oxide bonds with the Radium in contaminated water. Once the nanotube is removed the water is no longer contaminated. The girls created a website and a model of how the project could work in the real world.
Hannah's mother and group mentor Teri Doerksen says, “Here's a situation where they're taking a problem, a problem that really means something to them, and trying to figure out how to make a difference in the world through science, and that's amazing.”
“I like to know things,” says Hannah Doerksen-Goldwater. “I just like to be able to talk and talk and talk and now I feel the desire to know more and find out more stuff.”
Along with their second place finish, Hannah and Kayle each won a $5,000 savings bond and got to hang out with Bill Nye the Science Guy.