BELLINGHAM — Kelsey Scharnhorst of Poulsbo was on a team of five Western Washington University students awarded honorable mention in the University of Washington’s Environmental Innovation Challenge on April 4.
Western’s team was the first non-UW team to place in the competition. Team members shared a prize of $2,500.
On Western’s team:
— Nate Anderson of Oakdale, Minn., working on a master’s degree in business administration.
— Christian Erickson of Lake Stevens, majoring in chemistry.
— Cara Omoto of Shoreline, working on a master’s degree in business administration.
— Anna Perrella of Bellevue, majoring in industrial design.
— Scharnhorst, majoring in chemistry.
Teams were asked to create innovative clean technology solutions. Teams had to create a business summary, design and create a working prototype, and the team then presents the final project to 115 judges.
Western’s team created a solar-charged lantern and USB charging station called The SunScroll. The prototype uses prototype solar collecting technology created at Western’s Advanced Materials Science and Engineering Center by Professor David Patrick and his team.
The challenge brings students from different academic areas together to create these projects.