The weekend of April 21, Morehouse College students took second place nationally in an Emerging National Research (ERN) conference in Washington, D.C., sponsored by the National Science Foundation and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
The students’ Riverside Water Purification System prototype placed second in the in the Innovation/Making national competition and earned students an $800 cash prize.
“The amazing thing about this team is that they are freshmen who competed against upper classman,” said Dr. Lycurgus L. Muldrow, Ph.D., Director of Sponsored Research and Integrative Activities at Morehouse, in the Division of Science and Mathematics.
Members of the award-winning team were: Stephen Seymour, Jesus Arredondo, Nicolette Barriffe (Clark Atlanta University), Carter Bowdoin, and Leoul Tilahun. The students were mentored by Ayodeji Oyensanya, makerspace manager.
Students competed in the Morehouse College Makerspace Exploration Center. A makerspace is “a cooperative laboratory workspace where students and faculty can make things, conduct research, and collaborate,” according to the center’s website. “In makerspaces, students gain practical hands-on experience with new technologies while engaging in applied formal and informal learning.”
Morehouse encourages participation in STEM-related, do-it-yourself activities that foster creativity, ingenuity, and leadership development.
For more information, visit: morehousemakerspace.org