While some high school kids are playing video games or watching movies on their cell phones, eight students from Charlottesville are trying to solve a serious global problem – how to turn polluted water into something people can drink.
Last fall,students at St. Anne’s-Belfield School decided to enter the Lemelson-MIT InvenTeams challenge – a contest that awards 15 grants of up to $10,000 for research on real world problems. Bob Troy chairs the high school’s science department.
It’s estimated that one in seven people in this country go hungry, but in Floyd County Virginia, there’s “Plenty” to go around.
In the U.S., many go hungry, even as food is wasted every day. That’s what led a group of people in Floyd to create Plenty! – an organization that tries to smooth out the curve between too much and not enough. They first got the idea 5 years ago, when McCabe Coolidge’s partner, Karen Day, had a bunch of left over beet greens.
Climate change is a global problem, but journalist Steven Nash, who teaches at the University of Richmond, wanted to know what might happen here. He’s written a book called Virginia Climate Fever, detailing what the Commonwealth can expect in the years to come. He says the coasts will, of course, see more flooding, inland areas are also in for trouble.