I-SWEEEP 2016 – Record Number of CSEF Participants

Posted: 7 May 2016
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I-SWEEEP – International Sustainable World
Houston, Texas, April 26 – May 1, 2016
Congrats to William Yin, Greenwich HS, Overall Winner – Receives SIYSS Award

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Presentation of Participants’ Country Flags at the Opening Ceremony - Martha Haddad

Presentation of Participants’ Country Flags- 2015 Opening Ceremony – Martha Haddad

Connecticut has a record number of I-SWEEEP competitors this year- Thirteen in all- Three were selected by CSEF and covered travel to attend.  Ten competed by applying directly to I-SWEEEP and were chosen by the I-SWEEEP screening process. Congratulations to all.

Many Thanks to Maya Geradi for her trip report. Follow Maya and William Yin through our ISEF week newsletters as they represent CSEF at the 2016 Intel Science & Engineering Fair, May 8-13.

We look forward to receiving more reports and photos from Connecticut’s I-SWEEEP competitors.

I-SWEEEP Competitors sponsored by CSEF

Gold Medal- Maya Geradi, Junior, Wilbur Cross HS, New Haven, Exploring Conditions For Struvite Precipitation With Sustainable Goals In Wastewater Management 

Silver Medal- Amelia Peck, Sophomore, Stone Academy, Home School, Tolland, Designing an Airfoil Spinner to Improve the Efficiency of Horizontal Axis Wind Turbines 

Gold Medal- Skylynn Reyes, Junior, Bridgeport Regional Aquaculture Center, Utilizing Biochar and 8-methyl-N-vanillyl-trans-6-nonenamide as a non-toxic systemic agricultural pest inhibitor for Glycine max

I-SWEEEP Competitors who applied directly

Silver Medal-Margaret Cirino, Junior, Greenwich HS, Synthesis of Thermosensitive Magnetoliposomes for the Treatment of Atherosclerosis via Controlled Drug Delivery & Magnetic Hyperthermia

Silver Medal- Martha Haddad, Junior, Immaculate HS, Danbury, Synthesis of Thermosensitive Magnetoliposomes for the Treatment of Atherosclerosis via Controlled Drug Delivery & Magnetic Hyperthermia

Silver Medal- Connor Li, Junior, Greenwich HS, Fabrication of a Magnetically Vertical-Aligned Boron Nitride Nanotube Membrane in a Lyotropic Precursor for Salinity Gradient Power

Silver Medal- Prastik Mohanraj, Freshman, ESUMS, New Haven, An Approach to Converting Pollutant CO2 Emissions into Methanol Fuels Using a Photo-Electrochemical Reaction with MoS2 and GaAs to Reduce Environmental Harm from Greenhouse Gases 

Christopher Peisch, Senior, Brunswick School- Desalination by Portulaca oleracea: Maintaining and stabilizing overall growth and production of Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Silver Medal- Derek WooJunior, Greenwich HS, Battling Honey Bee CCD via Reduction of Neonicotinoid Content in Guttation Droplets using Biochar Soil Additives

William Yin, Overall Winner 2016 I-SWEEEP – Received award to attend the Stockholm International Youth Science Seminar (SIYSS) and meeting with the Nobel Laureates. 
Gold Medal- William Yin, Junior, Greenwich HS, 
Development of a Portable, Tattoo-Based Biosensor for the Non-Invasive, Low-Cost Diagnosis of Atherosclerosis via Iontophoresis of Macrophage-Targeting Silver Nanoparticles

Bronze Medal- Devyn Zaminski, Junior, Greenwich HS, Self-Sustaining Biosynthesis of Methane from CO2 via a Microbial & Electrochemical Hybrid System 

Xiaotian Zhang /Arun Soni, Senior, Staples HS, Westport, Synthesis, Characterization, and Application of Noble Metal and Noble Metal Alloy Nanoparticles to Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cells for Enhanced Catalytic Activity 

Report from Maya Geradi

Maya Geradi, Wilbur Cross HS, New Haven - Gold Medalist

Maya Geradi, Wilbur Cross HS, New Haven – Gold Medalist

I arrived in Houston, Texas for I-SWEEEP on Wednesday (April 27th) and was enthusiastically greeted by I-SWEEEP staff, who directed me to my room. After a bit of exploring in the mall, I headed to project registration and set up in the GRB Convention Center. I set up my display board and hurried to the opening ceremony. The auditorium was brightly lit, with the the large hanging I-SWEEEP globe being the most eye-catching. During the flag ceremony, I was simply astounded by the number of countries attending! I got to meet many new friends throughout Thursday and judging on Friday. I met people from California, New York, Texas, Vietnam, South Africa, Chile, Bosnia, Hong Kong and the Philippines. Judging was both exciting and anxious. The social event in the evening was very fun and full of pin trading with people from other countries and states. By the end of the event, I had pins from 16 states and 5 countries. We woke up early on Saturday and headed to breakfast at 6:00, looking forward to the trip to NASA. I was loading up a plate of pancakes and toast when it was announced that the NASA trip had been cancelled due to flooding! Despite the initial disappointment, I enjoyed the day shopping at the mall with some of my new friends. As 3:00 approached, it was finally time for the awards ceremony! We all headed to convention center and took our seats. I was pleasantly surprised to find that I had received a gold medal! I was very excited, my happiness elating when I found that many of the Connecticut participants had received medals too! I-SWEEEP was truly an unforgettable and rewarding experience. Many thanks to CSEF and eesmarts future sustainability for nominating me.

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