Teen girls generate bio-fuels from Algae for National Science Contest - and win
These Virginia girls are Team STEM Ninjas and they just won the US Army Sponsored eCYBERMISSION competition 7th grade level. They are Divya Mereddy, Rachana Subbanna and Sneha Thandra and they wanted to reduce the US’s reliance on fossil fuels and foreign oil. The girls had the idea to generate bio-fuels from algae and “wanted it used in a car without changing the vehicle’s infrastructure,”. They attended workshops and courses on algae and eventually designed and built a Biodegradable Floating Photobioreactor (FLO-PAC) to generate the oil from algae and used transesterification to separate out the oil. The judges, U.S. Army scientists and engineers were very impressed with the teams research, focus and the benefits to the community that this would bring.