Hatfield GATES students win national agricultural competition
Hatfield GATES students win national agricultural competition
Posted on 05/25/2017
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Members of the Hatfield fifth-grade Hatfield GATES class pose with medals

Hatfield Elementary School’s GATES – Gifted and Talented Educational Services – fifth-grade students recently won a national agricultural competition, earning their class a 3D printer and money for future projects.

The students won the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture’s Purple Plow Challenge in the H2Grow Maker Space category. Through the challenge, students from across the U.S. in fifth to eighth grade designed sustainable living environments for aquatic life while growing food.

Hatfield’s students achieved their goal of growing a sustainable food source fertilized by fish waste, learning about aquaponics by growing vegetables with their pet fish.

As prizes for their victory, the GATES class won the aforementioned 3D printer as well as funds to use for future STEM – science, technology, engineering and mathematics – projects. Each student also received a medal for the team victory.

Student winners include Lauren Blankenship, Samuel Clark, Dillon Delaney, Alejandro Gomez, Emma Hallock, Joshua Hanna, Lauren Merritt, Victoria Reyes, Teagan Siekierski, Jordyn Stutler and Daniel Tork. They were led by Rebecca Davis, gifted and talented specialist at Hatfield.

To learn more about the Purple Plow Challenge, visit www.purpleplowchallenge.org.