On Friday, March 31st, Palma School had two team enter THRIVE Innovation Foundation’s Young Innovators Challenge. The competition was made up of 40 teams and was designed to “develop key skills to meet the requirements of a competitive, innovative and entrepreneurial economy.” The categories for which middle and high school students could exercise their opportunity finding and solution development skills included hacking/coding, robotics, agtech and sustainability.
Finian Rawson ’18, Michael Perez ’18 and Joshua Alfaro ’18 presented their team’s idea (Team 1), “Rice and Beans,” an application that address the three main problems causing world hunger: unequal distribution of food, general unawareness of farming techniques and lack of communication between communities concerning their general well-being. Their app would allow the world community to learn effective farming techniques, identify where food supplies are lacking and better distribute where to distribute food. They envision their application would help people help themselves, creating a more sustainable way to feed the world.
Chris Sepka ’21, Blake Iverson ’21 and Shane Olszanowski ’21 presented their team’s idea (Team 2) for a GMO database called Cornucopia Database, wherein scientists can share genetic information about food crops to help each other develop more nutritious, faster growing food for an ever-expanding world population.
Additional high school team members included Dane Dizon ’19, Nathan Kline ’18, Christian Ko ’18, Jack Lanini ’19, Grayson McGrew ’18, Jacob Ottone ’19, Steven Said ’20 and Chad Sayer ’18. Palma’s Director of Technology, Brian Boulware, and Java Honors Instructor, Stan Brusa, led the teams.