CHARLES CITY- Six Charles City Middle School students are hoping to win big in the third round of the Lexus Eco Challenge, a nationwide scholarship competition where students identify local environmental issues in the areas they reside.
Eighth grade science teacher, Pheobe Pittman says each eighth grade student created an eco-challenge plan as part of a class assignment earlier in the year.
In October, the group of six students were notified that they won $10,000 for their study on Zebra Mussels and how they affect bodies of water. The stakes get higher in the third round for the students, as they will be competing against 15 other winning teams for $30,000.
The group chose Sustainable Development as their topic for this round. For their project, students have researched rain gardens, composting, and green roofs. Ciana Sonberg says rain gardens can help improve water quality in a community.
In order to fully research their topic, students also visited with an expert from UNI says Elliott Gable.
The grand prize awards $30,000 that will be split between students and the school.