Orth Awarded First at National STEM Competition

Orth Awarded First at National STEM Competition
Posted on 10/25/2018
Amara Orth accepting her awardCongratulations to freshman Amara Orth, who competed recently in Washington, D.C., as a finalist in the Broadcom Masters STEM competition.  After rigorous rounds of judging in science, communication, STEM tasks, and presenting her original research project, Amara was awarded First Place in the Science division.  She has earned a scholarship package, a new iPad, and had an asteroid named after her to recognize this accomplishment.  

Amara's research is in an area of passion for her, the conservation of bees and their habitat.  Specifically, Amara wanted to know more about propolis, a compound produced by bees. Honey bees make that glue-like substance with saliva and plant materials they collect in their area. “They use propolis to line their hive and reduce fungal, bacterial, and viral infections,” she explains. If the chemical quality of propolis decreases, so would bees’ ability to fight off infections, she notes.  Her research included using satellite images, gas chromatography, and solid research practices to determine the impact of diverse habitats on the quality of the propolis bees produce. 

Orth on stage in Washington
Lewis Central High School is proud to recognize Amara in her achievements - she is a shining example of excellence in academics, work ethic, and responsibility.

Images and information provided by Amara's mom, Carol Fassbinder-Orth. Editing from Michelle Kavars, LCHS TAG teacher.

Orth's Asteroid
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