Kamakahelei Middle School Wins Big With Safety

   

8/12/2013 3:12:20 PM

A Web site about fire safety has earned a team of eighth-graders from Kamakahelei Middle School on Kaua'i $3,000 each and the chance to compete in a national competition in Washington, D.C., this weekend.

By Treena Shapiro
Advertiser Staff Writer

A Web site about fire safety has earned a team of eighth-graders from Kamakahelei Middle School on Kaua'i $3,000 each and the chance to compete in a national competition in Washington, D.C., this weekend.

The Lihu'e students already have placed first among eighth-graders in the Southwest/Pacific region in the Army's eCYBERMISSION competition. The contest encourages students in grades 6 through 9 to use science, math and Web technology to solve a community problem.

Daniel Victor, 14, said he and teammates Kelsey Gaetjens, 13, and Kelan Adachi, 13, decided on their topic after looking at several reports of fires in Hawai'i over the past year. "We decided to focus our project on fire safety, and about what to do if there's a fire, and how to be prepared and how to prevent it," Daniel said.

The project took four or five months, he said.

Kelsey hopes the Web site will save lives: "There have been residential fires happening that have caused deaths and injuries that could have been prevented if people in the buildings had been aware of what they should do."

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