Students thrive at Science & Engineering Fair

Travis Johnson, who won a second place prize, poses by his project in the Future Sustainability category.

Travis Johnson, who won a second place prize, poses by his project in the Future Sustainability category.

The Energizer Bunny has nothing on Greenwich High School students Andrew Ma and Travis Anderson who were among the winners in the energy and sustainability categories at the 65th Annual CT Science and Engineering Fair.

Energize Connecticut and the eesmarts program sponsored the Special Award categories of Alternative/Renewable Energy for middle and high school studentsm, Future Sustainability for high school students and Sustainable Resources and Practices for middle school students. On hand to present the awards to the finalists were Alex Kragie, special assistant to the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Commissioner Daniel C. Esty, Connecticut Light & Power President & Chief Operating Officer Bill Herdegen and United Illuminating Senior Vice President of Customer & Business Services Tony Marone.

“The students honored here today show a promising future for our workforce, one that will have the skills necessary to tackle tomorrow’s energy and environmental challenges,” Mr. Kragie said. “Connecticut and the United States need students trained in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) to help us increase energy efficiency, utilize renewable energy sources, and help us to remain environmentally conscious. It is a privilege to be here today to honor these students on behalf of the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, Energize Connecticut and the entire state of Connecticut.”

Andrew, a sophomore at GHS, won first place in the Alternative Renewable category for his project “Solvent Extraction of Hydrocarbons and Hydrocarbon Derivatives from Lythrum Salicaria Seed Capsules.” He received a $500 cash award, trophy and all-expenses paid trip to compete in ISWEEP, the International Sustainable Olympiad in Houston, Texas.

Travis , a GHS junior, won second place in the Future Sustainability category for his project “Intrinsic Laptop Energy Capture via Keyboard Piezoelectric Conversion.” He also went home with a $500 cash award and trophy, along with an all-expenses paid trip to compete in the GENIUS Olympiad in Oswego, N.Y.

The Connecticut Science and Engineering Fair is open to students in grades seven through 12, who compete for 500 spots each year. The objective of the fair is to attract young people to careers in the science and engineering industry, while also developing critical thinking skills. The fair is supported by several academic and industrial organizations throughout the state, with funds directed to the awards, operations and various educational activities.

For more information on the Connecticut Science and Engineering Fair, visit

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