Yarmouth school wins $35K tech award

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YARMOUTH — Frank H. Harrison Middle School was not a national winner of the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest, but it will receive $35,000 in technology awards as one of 15 finalists.

The contest challenged students to demonstrate how science, technology, engineering and mathematics can improve their 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.

“Our kids learned how they can make a difference by spreading awareness about a threat to our local ecosystem,” Cuthbert said in an email. ” I saw them grow in their knowledge of a local habitat, how to ask better questions, how to interact with adults, how to analyze data and draw conclusions.”

Cuthbert and students Michael Guertler and Duncan Birkbeck traveled to Austin, Texas, last month 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.