East Greenwich Township School District’s sixth-grade SOAR students won the first-ever Axalta Summit “Shark Tank”-style STEM competition held on Wednesday, Oct. 10.
The students worked to develop, demonstrate and present a scientific way to create safer and shiner football helmets. Pitching their idea in front of a judging panel, including Philadelphia Insider Dave Spadaro, earned a standing ovation from the audience.
It was later announced that the students and teachers would be awarded $1,000 from Axalta for the school. The amount was then matched by two other companies, Green Sports Alliance and NASCAR Green Innovation, bringing the total to $3,000.
The team’s five students, Kate Clune, Makenzie Kunsaitis, Anna LaPalomento, Natalie Ficarra and Trevor Farrell, were awarded free tickets to the Franklin Institute and a special invitation to the NASCAR Summit at the Pocono Raceway in July.