Sunburst students to seek fix for alkali whiteouts
SUNBURST, Mont. (AP) -- A group of Sunburst Middle School students are among 15 semifinalists in a national project by Samsung to raise student interest in science, technology, engineering and math. The students are working to find a solution to problems caused by an alkali flat south of Sunburst. When the boggy area dries out, winds can blow salt across the interstate, causing reduced visibility and even whiteout conditions that have caused numerous crashes. The Great Falls Tribune reports the students won a $20,000 technology grant for being a state finalist in the Samsung "Solve for Tomorrow" contest. The video they submitted allowed them to advance to the semifinals and win a $35,000 technology grant. The students and teacher Kim Bloch travel to Austin, Texas this week to present their video for a chance to win more than $125,000 in upgraded technology.