Fighters for Filtration

Hydrology Club Lexus Eco Challenge Fighters For Filtration

Last year, the team won 1st place in the Land and Water part of the Lexus Eco Challenge and $10,000 in scholarships.

View Challenge 1: Land & Water – Hydrology Club Presentation Runoff Resolvers

Exciting March 19, 2018 Update!

SEM team won FIRST place in the Lexus Eco Challenge for their environmental action plan titled “Fighters for Filtration”.

The prize entailed a combined $15,000 prize for the school, teacher adviser (i.e. Mr. McLoda), and the students!

Hunter Adams, Kimmy Chang, Austin Davis, Isabel Ferguson, Olivia Northcutt-Wyly, and Ginger Simon

This was an expansion of previous efforts and took many hours and many weeks of hard work.

Additionally, their work continues to make a tangible impact on providing safe drinking water and water pollution awareness on an international level.

Check out this PDF Summary of their project and the competition.

David McLoda

Hydrology Club Designs Cost Friendly 3D-Printed Aerator

Hydrology Team 2017 With Mr Mcloda

Nov 14, 2017 UPDATE: It has just been announced that the club has AGAIN won the Lexus Eco Challenge with a $10,000 prize! Mr McLoda, teacher advisor for the Challenge, will provide details. Stay tuned…

Recently, Hydrology Club members designed a cost-friendly 3D-printed aerator and pioneered the use of recycled plastics as filaments versus ABS.

Current Project:
3PAC’s mission is to reduce the amount of algae blooms in freshwater bodies through the use of 3D-printed aerators made from recycled PET and PETE plastics. This device markets around $8/unit, making it both cost and eco-friendly.
Algae blooms are the source of various environmental issues including: the killing of aquatic animals, contamination of drinking water sources, and also the pollution of the surrounding air. Particularly, in the Dallas community, Lake Cliff has a major brown algae issue that has been marked as dangerous even to humans. In partnership with the Texas Stream Team and For the Love of the Lake, the club is working on implementing their aerator into Lake Cliff and other freshwater bodies in the Dallas community.

View 3PAC Team presentation – Hydrology Lexus Eco Challenge Summary 2017

To see more on our recent work, please visit our project websites ( , or follow our Facebook page (3D Pneumatic Aerator Creators.

Environmental Science Club

Open to all students in SEM.

This club is a work in progress. We have been finding contests and projects to join which varies each year. For example, the Lexus Eco Challenge last year.

Students can find out about this club in the mornings from 8:15 and during C-lunch in Mr. McLoda’s room 129.