“Spotted Lanternflies are most likely the largest economic threat facing Pennsylvania today, and thousands of them have invaded my family’s maple trees,” says Rachel. After observing that the current method of trapping the pests with yellow sticky bands around trees is flawed, she invented a new effective method.
Ejiaga the 14-year-old from New Orleans, Louisiana, won the $10,000 STEM Talent Award.
She was awarded for her research focused on how current levels of ultraviolet light from the sun due to ozone depletion impacts plant growth and performance.
MacAvoy the 14-year-old from Hillsborough, California, won the $10,000 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Award for Health Advancement.
She designed a water filter using carbon to remove heavy metals from water.