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These 3rd graders (Chapman Hill Techno Team) will be at Maker Faire –

If Savannah Brown, Marisa Chen, Cory Francis and Emily Farnell were stuck on a deserted island and thirsty for water, they’d go looking for shells.

The third-graders at Chapman Hill Elementary in West Salem would use the shells to convert salt water into fresh water through a process they devised for a worldwide competition by the do-it-yourself technology magazine Make.

The students’ desalination idea won an honorable mention in the magazine’s MakeShift Challenge and an invitation for the students to present their science project at the second annual Bay Area Maker Faire 2007 on May 19 and 20 in San Mateo, Calif.

“It’s exciting because we worked so hard on the project,” Chen, 8, said.

The four students, who call themselves the Chapman Hill Techno Team, will staff a booth about their project at the fair and put on a skit they wrote that explains how their idea works. They’ll perform before thousands of people at the science, art and craft fair, which is organized by Make and Craft magazines.

The Chapman Hill Techno Team is looking to raise money to attend the Maker Faire. The Salem Professional Fire Fighters are collecting money on the team’s behalf. To donate, write a check to Salem Fire Fighters Charitable Corp. and send it to 265 Commercial St. SE, #240, Salem, OR 97301. For more information about how to donate, call Steve Brown at (503) 370-8191 or (503) 510-7627.

News – StatesmanJournal.com – Link.