Two Long Island Students Win STEM Competition
Audrey Shine of Plainview-Old Bethpage-JFK High School and Danielle Kelly of Friends Academy took first place in the international Spellman High Voltage Electronics Clean Tech Competition.
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“Clean tech is more than just a competition—it is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to collaborate with young scientists around the globe. I am incredibly honored and grateful to receive the top award,” said winner Audrey Shine.
“Clean Tech provided us with an amazing opportunity to interact with students from around the globe. Winning was incredible, and I am so grateful for the honor, but the true value of the experience was collaborating internationally to solve the pressing and universal issue of climate change,” added winner Danielle Kelly.
The second place finisher was Benjamin Liao of Henry M. Gunn High School in Palo Alto, California. Liao received $7,500 for his project relating to changing colored Thermochromics Roof Coatings used to capture or reflect the energy of the sun.
Elise Ireland of the Republic of Ireland representing the Regina Mundi College Team of Ireland was given the third place award and $5,000 for her project that used rain water in downspouts to produce electricity.
“All of the students who participated in the finals demonstrated their creativity and understanding of STEM principals,” said Dr. Ray Ann Havasy, director of The Center for Science Teaching & Learning. “These young people are a shining example of the importance and the potential of STEM.”