US (NJ): Princeton High School students competing for nationwide STEM award with saltwater aquaponics entry

Princeton High School has been named one of eight finalists statewide in the 13th annual Samsung Electronics America’s national “Solve for Tomorrow” STEM competition. The high school is one of 300 public schools nationwide to make the cut.

The annual competition challenges public school students in grades 6-12 to explore the role that STEM – science, technology, engineering, and math – can play in solving some of the issues in their communities, officials said. 

The competition encourages students to take a hands-on approach to learn that can be applied to real-world problems, making it more than an exercise in the classroom, officials said. 

Princeton High School’s winning entry developed a functional framework for saltwater aquaponics. “What my students aim to accomplish is a functional framework for saltwater aquaponics, raising shrimp and salt-tolerant plants in a regenerative system,” said Princeton High School science teacher Mark Eastburn.

The plants received fertilizer from the shrimp waste, and the water that has been cleaned by the plant roots is pumped back into the shrimp tank, Eastburn said.

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