VIRGINIA BEACH -- Plaza Middle School has been awarded a $50,000 technology grant for its oyster restoration efforts in the Lynnhaven River.

The announcement was made during a special ceremony Wednesday afternoon.

The school was selected for the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Sustainable Innovation Award out of more than 2,300 submissions across the country.

Last fall, a team of students and teachers began growing 2,100 oysters to contribute to the restoration of the local oyster population in the river. The team had to design, build and test remotely operated submersibles.

'This project has helped bring science to life for our students because it allowed them to identify a very real issue that impacts our entire region, identify a way to help develop a solution, and then put their plan into action,' said Joe Burnsworth, principal of Plaza Middle. 'This is what learning should look like. Opportunities like this are a true measure of content understanding and the ability to transfer that understanding to a unique and important situation.'

Watch their winning submission video:

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