For the first time Lower Brule students took part in the ISEF Regional Science fair in Rapid City, South Dakota, and amazingly took home some top awards. Five groups of students competed in three different categories in the senior division: engineering, physical sciences, and biological sciences.
This was a unique experience for the Lower Brule students. The competition was not only a three hour bus ride away, but also involved doing things students on an isolated tribal reservation are rarely asked to do, like present science research both visually and verbally to judges. Despite their inexperience, the students did well.
One group took home the ASU Walton Sustainability Solutions Award in recognition of the creation, design and development of innovative solutions that directly address our planet’s sustainability challenges. As a result of winning, these students are nominated for the Grand Prize, a trip to Arizona for the 2016 Sustainability Solutions Festival.
Another group from Lower Brule won the Mu Alpha Theta Award, which is given to the most challenging, thorough, and creative investigation of a problem involving mathematics accessible to high school students. This comes with the opportunity to apply for a $2000 Summer Research/Math Study grant.