Elementary Students Compete in National Science Competition

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MOOSIC- A group of children in Lackawanna County is taking on a big project to prove that they can help the environment.

The first and second graders in the Riverside School District are preparing to compete in a national science competition. The team of up and coming scientists are out to make the world a better place.

While none of them is over the age of eight, they're proof that you can accomplish a lot, even if you only have a second grade education.

The team from Riverside West Elementary has spent weeks doing research that they'll enter in the Siemen's "We Can Change the World" Contest.

Their idea is to prove that their school's tap water is just as clean as bottled water.  They hope their work will convince people to use less plastic.

They're in the experimental phase now. So, they visited the professionals at ODAK Corporation in Moosic, a company that makes water filtration systems, for help.

The students call themselves The Aqua Busters. Their slogan, "a little goes a long way."

"To show that we're a little school taking on these big water bottle companies," said second grader Gary Mrozinski.

Their findings will go to those bottled water companies.  And then, the team will compete against other budding scientists from across the country for a chance to win grant money for their school.