TVHS competes at Clean Tech Finals

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Purevsuren Batdorj, Noah Higgins and Lauryn Warner and (L-R) were selected as finalists in this year’s Clean Tech Competition.

On July 17, TVHS Class of 2019 Graduates Noah Higgins, Lauryn Warner and Purevsuren Batdorj competed in the Spellman High Voltage Electronics Clean Tech Competition in New York City. The team was selected to compete in May after being selected as a semi-finalist for their submission to the “Mitigating the Effects of Climate Change” category.

Entries could be submitted in either Resource Preservation or Mitigating the Effects of Climate Change. In the climate change category, the contest calls for students to identify a specific issue, analyze and explain it in detail, and design a solution to mitigate the negative impacts of climate change. The team chose to develop a solution to expedite oil spill cleanup using nanosponges attached to the back of a fleet of boats to collect the oil after a spill.

Out of all submissions, only 10 from each category were chosen as finalists. While the team didn’t place in the top three, they did receive a medal, gift bag, and $1,000 cash prize. To place in the finals, the team surpassed over 1,200 students and 500 teams from 40 countries. 

Congratulations Noah, Lauryn and Purevsuren!

The Clean Tech Competition is a unique, worldwide research and design challenge for pre-college youth. The program encourages scientific understanding of real-world issues and the integration of environmentally responsible energy sources. Each year, the Clean Tech Competition addresses an issue that is grounded in core technological competency areas and focuses on the next great engineering challenges. The competition is designed to foster a deeper understanding of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) related concepts, recognize outstanding talent, and prepare the next generation of globally competitive innovators.

The Clean Tech Competition is a program of the Center for Science Teaching & Learning (CSTL).