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Middle school students take on Closed-Loop Recycling Challenge

The sixth-grade team from Passage Middle School<br>placed first in their division at the challenge.
The sixth-grade team from Passage Middle School
placed first in their division at the challenge.

(12/12/2016) -During the latest engineering design challenge on December 9, The Green Machine, sixth and seventh-grade students were challenged to learn more about recycling and the closed systems used to ensure all materials can be reused without impacting the environment. With the materials provided, students from each middle school were given the task of creating as accurate a system as possible in recycling one hundred percent of materials.

The Green Machine was sponsored by Canon Environmental Technologies Incorporated, a recycling plant that houses a state-of-the-art facility that processes all toner cartridges in an environmentally friendly manner, sending zero waste to landfills. The student teams earned points based on the design of the system, the purity of the final product, the salinity of the solution, total contaminants found and how well the students explained their design. The sixth-grade team from Passage Middle School and the seventh-grade team from Dozier Middle placed first in their respective divisions.

The design challenge is part of the school district's ongoing STEM (science, technology, engineering and math education) initiative.

Dozier Middle School's seventh-grade design team won the challenge for their division.

Dozier Middle School's seventh-grade design team won the challenge for their division.

The winning design teams with Canon Virginia, Inc. engineers and representatives.

The winning design teams with Canon Virginia, Inc. engineers and representatives.