West Side Education News & Notes
Students investigate sustainable solutions, win prizes
NORTH AKRON — Almost 600 science projects created by middle and high school students competed for cash prizes at the Akron Public Schools Science and Technology Fair Jan. 26 at North High School.
According to Keep Akron Beautiful (KAB) officials, three volunteer judges spent more than four hours selecting the science projects that addressed issues covered in the Greenprint for Akron sustainability goals and climate change strategies outlined for the government and the community. The judges included: Carl Safreed, Air Pollution Control Division engineer for the Canton City Health Department; and Terry Reagan and Kevin Lockett, KAB Board members who serve on the Greenprint Task Force.
The first-place $250 prize was awarded to Antonia Bruno, a seventh-grader at Miller South School for the Visual & Performing Arts. She developed her winning project under the supervision of teacher Tina Lattimer. Her project was called “The Ethanol Project,” according to KAB officials.
“Just because I didn’t get the results I was looking for doesn’t mean I won’t try again,” Antonia said in a press release. “We can’t give up on trying to make the world a greener place.”
The second-place $100 prize went to seventh-grader Jacob Lormor, who attends Litchfield Middle School and is in Morgan Greene’s science class. He won with his project titled, “The Effects of Grass Killers on Grass.” According to KAB officials, this project will directly help KAB in bed preparation for urban Flowerscapes sites this spring.
The third-place $50 prize went to Mikala Warner, an eighth-grader at the National Inventors Hall of Fame School … Center for STEM Learning. She worked with coach Sharon Kaffen to develop her project called, “Air Pollution in Akron.” Mikala tested the level of pollution in Downtown Akron and in a city park, and found that Downtown Akron had the most pollution, according to KAB officials.
Greenprint for Akron creates an environmental partnership to foster a sustainable eco-friendly community through education and leadership, and is facilitated by KAB, according to KAB officials.
For more information, visit www.keepakronbeautiful.org/greenprint.
Maria Lindsay contributed to this report.
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