Some of Fairfield High School s Samsung contest team (sitting left to right): Katarina Putnick, leader of project administration team; Alex Quedens, leader of software team; Jack Biondo, leader of hardware team; and standing from left to right are Megan Barth, Bryce Behr, Ryan Brown, Jared Cusick, Jackson Cowan, Michael Ryan. The team won top honors in Ohio for their science project and were just named among the top 10 national finalists - winning $50,000 in technology for the school - and are now competing for a $100,000 in equipment.

Named top 10 in nation, this Fairfield science team now goes to New York seeking $100K

The Fairfield High School team’s just-announced finalist standing means the school has already won $50,000 in science tech from the contest’s sponsor, the Samsung Corporation.

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It’s a first for Fairfield High School. The teen members of the science project team earlier beat out all other teams in Ohio.

Samsung will now pay the team to send three students along with their advisor to Samsung’s New York City office to pitch their project for a chance to win the $100,000 top prize of technology gifts for the Butler County school.

The teens’ project, dubbed “Operation Thaw,” required the students to solve a community problem using STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) concepts.

Their idea is to defrost the windshield of a car without starting it and contributing to polluting the environment. Instead, the car’s heater will be started remotely using a phone app they have developed.

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Physics teacher Kurt Etter, who is the team’s advisor, said “this means I will take three students to New York City over spring break to pitch our idea to in an attempt to be one of three winners,” of the national contest.

Fairfield High School Principal Bill Rice said the team has made the whole school community proud.

“We are so excited for this group of students and so proud of their work. These physics students, under Mr. Etter’s leadership, identified a problem, researched solutions, then designed and built a working model,” Rice said.

“This project is a great example of the experiential learning that is happening in the STEM classes at Fairfield High School. It also is a great example of the partnerships being formed between Fairfield High School and corporations such as Samsung. These students are changing the world.”

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