Lawrence County students in running for $140K of technology prizes for solutions to mosquitoes

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LAWRENCE COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – As the temperatures warm, mosquitoes will soon be out looking for meals.

This week, students in Lawrence County are hoping their study and solutions of mosquitoes will earn them about $140,000 in free technology prizes in a nation-wide contest.

“Surprisingly, this tiny little puddle of water can lead to excruciating physical pain,” said a narrator of a video produced by Lawrence County High School students.

They were trying to come up with ways to fight mosquitoes and the viruses they carry.

“We actually have a student in our school that went to visit her dad in Puerto Rico and when she came home, she started showing the symptoms,” said Gina McCarley, the computer science teacher at LCHS.

She was talking about symptoms of Chikingunya, a virus that came from a mosquito bite the student suffered.¬†McCarley said her students chose this problem to attack and solve for a Samsung technology contest called “Solve for Tomorrow”.

“The science classes actually incubated mosquitoes and they tried different techniques to see what increased growth on the mosquitoes,” said McCarley.

She said the students created smart phone apps and a social media campaign for safety and prevention and won the contest for the state of Alabama, as well as $35,000 in technology prizes. Now, they’re in the running to be one of the top five in the country to win the big prize: $140,000 worth of technology.

And they’re hoping people will vote online to help.¬† The contest wraps up Wednesday, March 25th. You can vote daily, but you must confirm your vote through email.

The school was one of the top five national winners two years ago for their project and solution to feral hogs in the county.