Great Falls, MT -

Sunburst Middle School has won a $20,000 technology grant as part of a national project by Samsung to raise student interest in science, technology, engineering and math.

The Great Falls Tribune reports teacher Kim Bloch applied for the grant, which required her to create a lesson plan meant to address a community concern.

Bloch chose an alkali flat south of Sunburst, where winds can blow dried salt across the interstate, causing reduced visibility and even whiteout conditions. A school district employee died in a crash there in May.

Bloch says she plans to have students take water and soil samples of the area, design models and conduct experiments to test ideas to mitigate the danger.

Bloch says she'll have the students present their findings to city and county leaders.