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Meet Our 2004 science fair winners

The Committee awarded $50 savings bonds to four grade-school students and a $250 bond to one high school student who competed in the 2003 Montana Tech Science and Engineering Fair. Each of their Fair projects explored important topics related to the Berkeley Pit and mine waste cleanup technologies. The Committee will offer awards again at the 2005 Science Fair, and students are encouraged to choose projects related to the Pit and mine waste cleanup for that competition.

Cassie Heikkinen 5th grade, Ramsay  "Extracting Copper"Cassie Heikkinen
5th grade, Ramsay
“Extracting Copper”

 

 

Randi Phelps 6th grade, Whittier Elementary "Is There a New Antibiotic Lurking in the Berkeley Pit?"Randi Phelps
6th grade, Whittier Elementary
“Is There a New Antibiotic Lurking in the Berkeley Pit?”

 

Laura Notess 8th grade, Chief Joseph Middle School, Bozeman "Copper in the Water? Recruit the Bacteria"Laura Notess
8th grade, Chief Joseph Middle School, Bozeman
“Copper in the Water? Recruit the Bacteria”

 

Will Pascoe  11th grade, Butte High School "Tolerance that a Boatman Can Tolerate"Will Pascoe
11th grade, Butte High School
“Tolerance that a Boatman Can Tolerate”

Meet Our 2003 science fair winners


PitWatch Issue Volume 8, Number 1

The Committee awarded $50 savings bonds to four grade-school students and a $250 bond to one high school student who competed in the 2003 Montana Tech Science and Engineering Fair. Each of their Fair projects explored important topics related to the Berkeley Pit and mine waste cleanup technologies. The Committee will offer awards again at the 2004 Science Fair, and students are encouraged to choose projects related to the Pit and mine waste cleanup for that competition.

Randi Phelps 5th grade, Whittier Elementary "Does Movement Affect the Way Pitna 4 Grows?" (Pitna 4 is a fungus that has been found in the Berkeley Pit.)Randi Phelps
5th grade, Whittier Elementary
“Does Movement Affect the Way Pitna 4 Grows?”
(Pitna 4 is a fungus that has been found in the Berkeley Pit.)

 

John Metesh 6th grade, Kennedy "Berkeley Pit Fog: Is It Toxic?"John Metesh
6th grade, Kennedy
“Berkeley Pit Fog: Is It Toxic?”

 

 

Cara Patton 7th grade, East Middle School "Horseshoe Bend Water and Soap, Part 2"Cara Patton
7th grade, East Middle School
“Horseshoe Bend Water and Soap, Part 2”

 

 

Emily Munday 8th grade, East Middle School "Food for Trout 4"Emily Munday
8th grade, East Middle School
“Food for Trout 4”

 

 

Oliver Huang  12th grade, Butte High School "Electrokinetics - Treatment of Contaminated Soil" (Electrokinetics is the use of an electromagnetic field to move charged ions through water.)Oliver Huang
12th grade, Butte High School
“Electrokinetics – Treatment of Contaminated Soil”
(Electrokinetics is the use of an electromagnetic field to move charged ions through water.)

Butte Students Explore Pit Clean Up, Win National Awards

Two Butte students – Alexandra Antonioli and Kels Phelps – have taken their school science projects to the highest levels of success. After claiming local awards from the Pit Committee, their impressive work has earned national awards and scholarships for their continuing education.

Alexandra, a Butte High senior, has spent most of her educational career working on science fair projects relating to solutions and issues regarding the Berkeley Pit. When she’s not swimming and playing piano, she’s working on her main project titled, “An Investigation of the Remediation of Berkeley Pit Water Using Genetically Modified Extremophilic Yeast”. Although it’s quite complicated, Alexandra’s simplified explanation is the project deals with evaluating microorganisms and their ability to sequester the complex mineral compounds contained within the water. The end result is the potential detoxification of Pit water. For her work, Alexandra has received a full scholarship ($78,000) to Drexel University for microbiology, as well as numerous other honors, including awards from the Navy, the University of Montana and Montana Tech.

Kels, a Butte High freshman, has also concentrated on microbiology and the Berkeley Pit for his science fair project. The project, “Do Microbes Growing in Unique Ecological Niches Contain Compounds with Redeemable Medicinal Value,” was one of 40 finalists (out of 60,000 nominations) in the Discovery Channel Young Scientist Challenge in Washington, D.C. in October 2002. At this national competition, Kels won a special award for leadership, a physics award, and a scholarship to attend an aviation camp in Wisconsin next summer. Kels says his project was looking for a possible medicine from a fungus that grows in the Berkeley Pit. Tested for its ability to fight cancer and five types of infections, it was discovered that this fungus was a possible anti-cancer agent and lethal to Staphylococcus aureus.

Others Butte students are encouraged to develop projects related to mining or the Berkeley Pit for the 2003 Science Fair next spring at Montana Tech.

Meet Our 2002 Science Fair Winners


PitWatch Issue Volume 7, Number 1

The Committee awarded $50 savings bonds to the four grade-school students and a $250 bond to the high school student. Their science fair projects all explored important topics related to the Berkeley Pit. Congratulations to everyone who competed in the Fair, and keep up the good work! Remember, the Committee will offer awards again at the 2003 Science Fair, and students are encouraged to choose projects related to the Pit for next year’s competition.

John Metesh 5th grade, Kennedy "Can Berkeley Pit Water Be Good For You?"John Metesh
5th grade, Kennedy
“Can Berkeley Pit Water Be Good For You?”

 

 

Cara Patton 6th grade, Margaret Leary "Horseshoe Bend Water and Soap"Cara Patton
6th grade, Margaret Leary
“Horseshoe Bend Water and Soap”

 

 

Abby Roberts 7th grade, Chief Joseph Middle School (Bozeman) "Solar Evaporator For Mine"Abby Roberts
7th grade, Chief Joseph Middle School (Bozeman)
“Solar Evaporator For Mine”

 

 

Kels Phelps  8th grade, East Middle School "Do Microbes Growing In Unique Ecological Niches Contain Compounds With Redeemable Medicinal Value?"Kels Phelps
8th grade, East Middle School
“Do Microbes Growing In Unique Ecological Niches Contain Compounds With Redeemable Medicinal Value?”

 

 

Alexandra Antonioli  Junior, Butte High "An Investigation of the Remediation of Berkeley Pit Water Using Genetically Modified Extremophilic Yeast"Alexandra Antonioli
Junior, Butte High
“An Investigation of the Remediation of Berkeley Pit Water Using Genetically Modified Extremophilic Yeast”

Meet Our 2001 Science Fair Winners

PitWatch Issue Volume 6, Number 1

The Committee awarded $50 savings bonds to four grade school students. Their science fair projects all explored important topics related to the Berkeley Pit. The Committee would also like to recognize Butte High sophomore Alexandra Antonioli, who won second place at the North Central Region 2 Science and Engineering Fair in Great Falls, MT and a grand prize, all-expense paid trip to the Intel International Science Fair in San Jose, CA for her project called, “An Evaluation of the Ability of Transgenically Modified Chlamydomonas reinhardtii To Survive and Sequester Metals from the Berkeley Pit.”

Congratulations to everyone who competed in the Fairs, and keep up the good work! Remember, the Committee will offer awards again at the 2002 Science Fair, and students are encouraged to choose projects related to the Pit for next year’s competition.

Cara Patton 5th grade, Longfellow Elementary Horseshoe Bend Water and the PitCara Patton
5th grade, Longfellow Elementary
Horseshoe Bend Water and the Pit

 

 

Magdalena Pesanti 6th grade, West Elementary Let's Clean Up the PitMagdalena Pesanti
6th grade, West Elementary
Let’s Clean Up the Pit

 

 

Kels Phelps 7th grade, East Middle School How Sugar Affects the Growth of Fungus in Pit Water Solution and the Subsequent Impact on pHKels Phelps
7th grade, East Middle School
How Sugar Affects the Growth of Fungus in Pit Water Solution and the Subsequent Impact on pH

 

 

Leah Cornish 8th grade, East Middle School How Does Berkeley Pit Water have to be Diluted in Order to be Safe for Lettuce Seedling Growth?Leah Cornish
8th grade, East Middle School
How Does Berkeley Pit Water have to be Diluted in Order to be Safe for Lettuce Seedling Growth?

Meet Our Science Fair Winners
 (2000)

PitWatch Issue Volume 5, Number 1

The Committee awarded $50 savings bonds to each of these grade school students and a $250 savings bond to the high school winner. Their science fair projects all explored important topics related to the Berkeley Pit. Congratulations, and keep up the good work! The Committee will offer awards again at the 2001 Science Fair, and students are encouraged to choose projects related to the Pit for next year’s competition.

Emily Munday 5th grade, Kennedy Elementary Food for Trout: a comparative benthic invertebrate surveyEmily Munday
5th grade, Kennedy Elementary
Food for Trout: a comparative benthic invertebrate survey

Tim Obstar 6th grade, Hillcrest Elementary We Otter Clean the WaterTim Obstar
6th grade, Hillcrest Elementary
We Otter Clean the Water

Charlie Larson 7th grade, East Middle School How Much Sludge is in the Pit Water?Charlie Larson
7th grade, East Middle School
How Much Sludge is in the Pit Water?

Donna Driggers 8th grade, East Middle School What are the Effects of the Berkeley Pit Water on Plant Life?Donna Driggers
8th grade, East Middle School
What are the Effects of the Berkeley Pit Water on Plant Life?

Brian Wheeler 11th Grade, Butte Central High School Effectiveness of Berkeley Pit Water Remediation Methods: Lime Precipitation, Reverse Osmosis, Copper CementationBrian Wheeler
11th Grade, Butte Central High School
Effectiveness of Berkeley Pit Water Remediation Methods: Lime Precipitation, Reverse Osmosis, Copper Cementation

Meet Our Science Fair Winners (1997)

The Committee awarded $50 savings bonds to each of these students. Their science fair projects all explored important topics related to the Berkeley Pit. Congratulations, and keep up the good work! In fact, the Committee intends to offer awards again at the 1998 Science Fair, and students are encouraged to choose projects related to the Pit for next year’s competition.

 Joe Metesh 4th grade, Kennedy Elementary What Makes Acid in the Berkeley Pit?Joe Metesh
4th grade, Kennedy Elementary
What Makes Acid in the Berkeley Pit?

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 film Forrest Gump trailer

Becky Patton 5th grade, Longfellow Elementary Can You Cleanse Polluted Water by Boiling or Freezing?

Becky Patton
5th grade, Longfellow Elementary
Can You Cleanse Polluted Water by Boiling or Freezing?

 film Forrest Gump trailer

 film Forrest Gump trailer

Jamie Rozan 6th grade, Longfellow Elementary Taking Minerals out of Pit WaterJamie Rozan
6th grade, Longfellow Elementary
Taking Minerals out of Pit Water

 film Forrest Gump trailer

 film Forrest Gump trailer

Alec Macgregor 7th grade, East Middle School The Effects of Lime Addition into the Warm Springs Ponds SystemsAlec Macgregor
7th grade, East Middle School
The Effects of Lime Addition into the Warm Springs Ponds Systems

 film Forrest Gump trailer

 film Forrest Gump trailer

Brian Wheeler 8th grade, Ramsay School Remediation of Berkeley Pit Water using Chemical Adjustment of pH LevelsBrian Wheeler
8th grade, Ramsay School
Remediation of Berkeley Pit Water using Chemical Adjustment of pH Levels