FA Places Second in the Biomimicry Institute’s 2021-22 Youth Design Challenge

For a second consecutive year, Fryeburg Academy students placed in the top rankings in the Biomimicry Institute's 2021-22 Biomimicry Challenge. The team placed first last year with their MorphoBrick concept; they placed second this year, out of 125 competing teams from 12 countries, with their Syntrichia Hydrotrap design concept.

FA's Biomimicry Challenger team, led by FA faculty member Jennifer Richardson, includes the following students: Yuna Lee '23, Grace Liu '23, Daryna Serediuk '22, May Shin '23, Stella Yoon '22, and Zoe Jung '22. This year's challenge was an advanced STEM-based competition that essentially had two goals: first, the design was required to model the structural and functional adaptation of at least one living organism. Secondly, the design needed to identify an environmental problem and propose a sustainable solution.
The team chose the rising inaccessibility of clean water and the increased pollution from plastic bottles as their environmental problems to solve, developing a water harvesting device called a Syntrichia Hydotrap as a solution. The Syntrichia Hydrotrap is a portable device that attaches to any reusable water bottle, using a unique structure to capture moisture in the air. By mimicking the awns of desert moss (Syntrichia caninervis), the design concept employs water pumps to collect water droplets through barbs and grooves. The water is channeled along a hydrophobic surface material inspired by textures used by the Texas horned lizard and Cicada wings. The Syntrichia HydroTrap device can also be used across climates, offering a solution to areas experiencing droughts and reusable alternatives to aid the plastic pollution problem.

To learn more about the team's winning design, view the YouTube video here: https://youtu.be/TyaW4opDJR4
 
 
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  • FA Finance Class Teams Take First Place in the Maine Stock Market Game

    Students in mathematics teacher William Frey’s finance classes very successfully participated this semester in the SIFMA Foundation’s renowned ‘Stock Market Game,’ achieving a 1.9767% average return above S&P 500 growth– the lead return among the ten Maine schools participating. 
  • FA Places Second in the Biomimicry Institute’s 2021-22 Youth Design Challenge

    For a second consecutive year, Fryeburg Academy students placed in the top rankings in the Biomimicry Institute's 2021-22 Biomimicry Challenge. The team placed first last year with their MorphoBrick concept; they placed second this year, out of 125 competing teams from 12 countries, with their Syntrichia Hydrotrap design concept.

    FA's Biomimicry Challenger team, led by FA faculty member Jennifer Richardson, includes the following students: Yuna Lee '23, Grace Liu '23, Daryna Serediuk '22, May Shin '23, Stella Yoon '22, and Zoe Jung '22. This year's challenge was an advanced STEM-based competition that essentially had two goals: first, the design was required to model the structural and functional adaptation of at least one living organism. Secondly, the design needed to identify an environmental problem and propose a sustainable solution.
  • FA’s Winter Sports Awards Assembly Recognizes Student-Athletes

    On Tuesday, March 22nd,  Fryeburg Academy celebrated the winter sports season with its annual winter sports awards assembly held in the Leura Hill Eastman Performing Arts Center. The following student-athletes were recognized for their outstanding performance during the winter 2021-22 season:
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  • FA Students Stella Yoon '22 and Alana Legassie '24 Win Tree Naming Contest 

    The Fryeburg Conservation Committee is pleased to announce the winners of the Name the Chestnut Trees contest. We received many excellent entries and these are the top 10 winners (in no particular order). Thanks to everyone who participated. We have notified the winners and will be sending out and/or delivering prizes the week of May 9th. There will be a naming ceremony and sign installation of the tree names later this summer. You can look for more information on this event in the Dragonfly or Fryeburg Town Matters.

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