Frisco ISD Seventh-Graders Advance in Environmental Contest

Five seventh-graders at Pioneer Heritage Middle School won $10,000 in grants and scholarships through the Lexus Eco Challenge, a STEM contest for grades 6-12.

Arjun Nair, Jackson Young, Jaden Mendez, Rishab Krishnan and Sam Kulkarni built a website with 3-D printing files and created a YouTube video with instructions on how to print a prosthetic arm for those without access to full medical care.

The students will move to the national competition, where they’ll compete for another $30,000 in scholarships and grants. The contest focuses on practical solutions to environmental issues.

The team’s sponsor is Taylor Davis, sixth grade science teacher at Pioneer Heritage.

For more information on the students 3D printing project go to and watch the video below.

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