Innovation Challenge Awards Presented to South Carolina Students and Teachers

Staff Report From South Carolina CEO

Friday, November 2nd, 2018

IT-oLogy and the South Carolina Department of Education are pleased to announce the recipients of the 2nd Annual IT-oLogy Innovation Challenge. The Innovation Challenge, a statewide competition for grades 3 – 12, offered students and teachers an outlet to create and share projects using technology to solve or bring awareness to an environmental problem in their respective community. Student winners were awarded Future Scholar 529 Plan contributions and technology prizes, while teachers were awarded Amazon gift cards to use for their classroom needs.

The recipients for the 2018 Innovation Challenge are:


1st Place

Colette Schaalje and Lillianna Anderson: Spearman Elementary School (Piedmont, SC)

Aqua Patrol Ocean Cleaner

 2nd Place

CharLeigh While: Merrywood Elementary School (Greenwood, SC)

Crayola Color Recycle awareness video

 3rd Place

Mariyah Carroll and Piper Petroski: Merrywood Elementary (Greenwood, SC)

Not So Styrofoam

Honorable Mention

Sai Vallabh Gurram: Merrywood Elementary School (Greenwood, SC)

Deer Vehicle Collision Avoidance System

Honorable Mention

Anna Katherine Philpot and Adriana Barreras: Spearman Elementary School (Piedmont, SC)

Trash Dash

High School:

1st Place

Lauren Chen: Dutch Fork High School (Irmo, SC)

Smarter Thermostat

2nd Place

Marigordon Varner, Cameron Estes and Austin Bercume: Laurens District High School (Laurens, SC)

Fowl Water Cleaner

3rd Place

Wil Armstrong, Dylan Drake and Andrew Shelton: Laurens District High School (Laurens, SC)

The Stirling Peltier Hybrid Engine

Honorable Mention

Abigail Garrison, Walter Young and Camden Carmen: Laurens District High School (Laurens, SC)


Honorable Mention

Zachary Huang: Spring Valley High School (Columbia, SC)

Plastic Bottle Cap Solution


1st Place

Kirsten Bullington: R2i2 (Columbia, SC)

Next Energy Engineering

2nd Place

Denise Wright: Ocean Bay Middle School (Myrtle Beach, SC) 

Micro Controllers/Soil Moisture

3rd Place

Rob Sheffield: Laurens District High School (Laurens, SC)

Green Roof High School Design

Students presented their projects to a panel of judges at the South Carolina State Museum on Saturday, October 20, 2018. Judges included representatives from Companion Data Services, SCRA, South Carolina State Museum and TM Floyd & Company.