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Incoming Colorado School of Mines student and his FRCC classmate take their oil clean-up drone to D.C. this week

The Front Range Community College students' project is headed to Library of Congress competition

Incoming Colorado School of Mines student Xavier Cotton will arrive on campus this fall with some serious engineering design competition experience already under his belt. The engineering student, who will join Mines in the fall as transfer student, and his Front Range Community College classmate Cristian Madrazo are in Washington D.C. this week for an engineering design competition. 

As was reported last week in Boulder Weekly, the classmates will be debuting the Orca Oil-Separating and Bio-Filtration Vessel, a drone built to help clean up oil spills using, among other things, hair strands. 

The Community College Innovation Challenge is a competition hosted by the American Association of Community Colleges. The final competition and presentations will be held in the Library of Congress. 

Read "A Whale of a Solution" on the Boulder Weekly. A related story on the project and team (that includes more details on the hair used in the team's prototype!), appeared in May in the North Glenn/Thorton Sentinel: "FRCC Students Head to Final Round of National Innovation Challenge."

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