Graham Middle School Wins 2nd Annual Innovation Competition!


Teams from across the Piedmont Triad participating in the Young Innovators program came together today for the 2nd annual Innovation Competition in Greensboro. Three teams competed for first place in what came down to a very difficult decision for the judges! In determining the prizes, judges had to consider the level of difficulty of the project, the quality of the presentation, how innovative the project was, the enthusiasm of the team members, how effective the project was carried out within the budget, and a number of other factors.

While all of the  teams did a fantastic job, the “STEMinists” from Graham Middle School stood out and claimed the first place trophy! The “STEMinists”, the programs first all-girls team, designed and carried out a project to extract fuel oil from algae. The team worked through a number of roadblocks and challenges throughout the school year and while they found that the process is not efficient on this scale, they were successful and learned a lot about the scientific process along the way! The team consisted of all sixth grade girls who are absolutely excited about meeting the challenge again in the 2017-2018 school year.

The “STEMinists” of Graham Middle School with their adult advisor and teacher, Rebekah Davis.

Congratulations to the “Leading Edge” from Mendenhall Middle School whose team members worked to design a sugar-based biodegradable candy wrapper and took the second place trophy. Finally, congratulations to the “Hornets” from The Academy at Lincoln whose team designed a prosthetic leg!

The “Leading Edge” of Mendenhall Middle School with their advisors and teachers Judy Mays and Lenny French.
The “Hornets” of The Academy at Lincoln with their advisor and teacher Seema Anand.

Congratulations to all of the teams that participated! What an awesome display of innovation! As always, a special thanks goes to the Carter Family STEM Initiative for their generous support of all things STEM! Without their generosity, programs such as Young Innovators would not be possible.

Young Innovators is a program for middle school young men and women who want to change the world! We are adding more middle schools for the 2017-2018 school year. We are also expanding the program to include high schools this fall! For more information about getting your middle or high school in the Piedmont Triad involved, contact Colin Lemon at or (336) 378-9166.


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