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Top honors awarded at Youth Energy Expo

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POTSDAM - Dresses crafted of recycled materials, a model city powered by the sun and biodiesel fuel made from algae were a few of the projects competing for top honors at the recent Youth Energy and Environmental Expo held at Clarkson Universitytop honors awa. Approximately 215 students in grades four through 12 filled the Student Center with over 90 original research projects and experiments. Clarkson University professor of Mechanical And Aeronautical Engineering Ken Visser gave the keynote address.

Each of the projects was evaluated by a pair of judges who interviewed the students as well as appraised the scientific accuracy of their posters and materials. The 22 volunteer judges included university faculty, professional engineers, school superintendents, business representatives and retired teachers. The first place winners in each category were:

Renewable Energy: Grades 4-6 Using Technology to Educate About Renewable Energy

Little River School

Grades 7-9 Crabby Solar Home

Madrid-Waddington Central School

Grades 10-12 Solar Powered Incubator

Lisbon Central School

Energy Conservation Grades 4-6 Projector Conservation Project

Colton-Pierrepont Central School

Grades 7-9 Hydrogen Car

Canton Central School

Grades 10-12 Solar LED for a Fire Truck

Canton Central School

Reduce/Reuse/Recycle Grades 4-6 Microwave Popcorn and the 3R’s

Colton-Pierrepont Central School

Grades 10-12 Reuse/recycle Eyeglasses

Canton Central School

Climate Change Grades 4-6 Renewable Icebergs

Trinity Catholic School

Grades 10-12 Effects of Climate Change in the Adirondacks

Chateaugay Central School

Food and Gardening Grades 4-6 Fun in the Garden

Potsdam Central School

Grades 7-9 Compost or Store Bought Soil

Colton-Pierrepont Central School

Grades 10-12 Local Food: Our Future

Little River School

Honorable Mention Certificates were also presented to students from numerous local school districts, including Hermon-DeKalb Central, Norwood-Norfolk Central, Massena Central and Ogdensburg Free Academy.

This year’s event, the largest in its eight year history, was sponsored primarily by the Siemens Corporation with additional support from The Wild Center, the Potsdam Elks and Stewart’s Shops. The event was organized by Clarkson’s Office of Educational Partnerships and the Institute for a Sustainable Environment.

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