2018 OC MAKERS Top Honor for Student Project “Sol Agua”

Grade 8 students Morgan W. and Shane O. won first prize at this weekend’s ocMaker Challenge at Chapman University for their science project “Sol Agua,” a prototype of a solar still designed to create potable water, using solar energy to distill brackish water through UV heat. The project was part of a submission for this years Tartan Tank.

The ocMaker Challenge is a STEM competition that challenges students to design, build or significantly repurpose a product that will solve a problem, need or want. The products must make use of 3D modeling software and 3D-printed parts.

The team was the top winner in Level 2, which features prototypes that are dynamic with some functionality, as well as winner of the social conscious award. In total, Morgan and Shane won $350 in prize money.

Sol Agua also was recognized at the Orange County Science and Engineering Fair, winning a third-place prize in applied engineering and a special award from the Orange County Water District.

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