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Yarmouth school a finalist in tech competition

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Yarmouth school a finalist in tech competition

YARMOUTH — Frank H. Harrison Middle School was named one of 15 finalists nationwide in a competition that challenges students to demonstrate how science, technology, engineering and mathematics (the STEM fields) can be used to improve their local communities.

Students in Morgan Cuthbert's seventh-grade science class developed a research proposal to study the invasive European green crabs that have threatened the local shellfish industry and coastal ecosystem. Their proposal, and its accompanying three-minute video, earned the school $35,000 worth of technology from Samsung, the sponsor of the Solve for Tomorrow contest.

This week, Cuthbert and students Michael Guertler and Duncan Birkbeck traveled to Austin, Texas, to present their work to a panel of judges at the SXSWedu conference, part of the annual South by Southwest music, film and interactive media festival. The contest's winning school, which will be announced later this month, will receive $140,000 worth of software, technology and grant money.

To vote for the Frank H. Harrison Middle School project, "Taking Care of Crabbiness," visit http://www.samsung.com/us/solvefortomorrow/projects/taking-care-of-crabiness.html, or post the link on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using the hashtags #SamsungSolve and #TeamFHHMS.