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Falcon D-49 students to get kudos from Mayor Bach

Published: January 6, 2014, 5:03 pm, by Debbie Kelley
Sand Creek High School teacher Todd Matia (far left) received the Lemelson-MIT Program Excite Award earlier this month, which means he and his InvenTeam are eligible as a finalist for an innovation grant from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The team of students met with their teacher over last summer to to work on developing a water filtration system for use in Third World countries. They'll present it a year from now at MIT. They're working over the summer on the concept and design. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

Sand Creek High School teacher Todd Matia (far left) received the Lemelson-MIT Program Excite Award earlier this month, which means he and his InvenTeam are eligible as a finalist for an innovation grant from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The team of students met with their teacher over last summer to to work on developing a water filtration system for use in Third World countries. They’ll present it a year from now at MIT. They’re working over the summer on the concept and design. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

Mayor Steve Bach will present a Spirit of the Springs Award to the 25-student InvenTeam at Sand Creek High School in Falcon School District 49 on Thursday, January 9 at 10:15 a.m., at 7005 N. Carefree Cir, Colorado Springs, CO 80922. This is the first-ever team from Colorado to receive Lemelson – MIT InvenTeam award.

Read a Gazette story about the students’ work by clicking here.

InvenTeams are groups of high school students, teachers and mentors who receive grants up to $10,000 to invent technological solutions to real-world problems. Sand Creek High School is one of 15 high schools selected this year from across the United States as an InvenTeam.

The students are using the $9,900 award to create and develop their bio-sand mechanical water filtration system over the next eight months, and will showcase a prototype in June during EurekaFest at MIT in Cambridge, Mass.