GHS is Solve for Tomorrow winner for Nebraska 2nd year running

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GERING, Neb. (KNEP) - Gering teacher Justin Reinmuth has done it again with a concept taking the top spot in the Nebraska competition of Samsung's 20185 Solve for Tomorrow.

Gering school officials were notified Wednesday the idea of a special filtration unit for washing machines was picked to move to the next round in the contest. Reinmuth's proposal is a three-stage filter that would remove plastic micro-particles from grey water from washing clothing and preventing them from being added to the environment.

For winning the state portion of the competition Gering High School will receive a Samsung technology prize package valued at $25,000. The next step is designing and building a prototype that would be featured in a 3-minute video that's part of the nationwide contest.

While not a lot is known about microplastics and their impact on the environment, it is an emerging field of study according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. NOAA says their Marine Debris Program is leading efforts within the agency to research the topic.

Reinmuth and his students took top honors in the 2017 Samsung Solve for Tomorrow contest with a drone designed to allow precision, spot application of pesticides by ag producers.