First photo above, from left: Brittney Hauff, Cedric Hitzeman and Kasandra Wielenbeck show their mushrooms. Second photo: Wielenbeck, Hitzeman, Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, teacher Steve Lorenz and Hauff receive their award in Washington, D.C. Photo courtesy of Samsung.
“It was just a little side project that led to this big thing,” says Kasandra Wielenbeck, a senior in Hudson’s Bay High School’s Architecture, Construction and Environmental Services magnet program.
The little side project: Using mushroom mycelia to reclaim cardboard waste, produce edible mushrooms and create compost.
The big thing: A national win in the annual Samsung Solve for Tomorrow contest, which gives schools across the U.S. an opportunity to raise student interest in science, technology, engineering and math.