Students Urged To Join Science Competition

Plainview’s Alyssa Iryami and Audrey Shine won the competition last year.

The Center for Science Teaching and Learning (CSTL) has extended the application deadline for the 2018 Spellman High Voltage Electronics Clean Tech Competition to March 30. This unique international research and design challenge for pre-college youth encourages scientific understanding of real-world environmental and energy use challenges. This year’s theme is “Solving Climate Change” and challenges high school teams across the nation and around the globe to identify and analyze specific problems associated with climate change in detail before designing a clean technology solution.

Monetary prizes are provided to the top 10 finalists with $10,000 awarded to the winner. The competition announced that the winning team will also be flown to Rome, Italy, to be guest presenters at the World Congress on Climate Change in September 2018.

Teams of young people from around the globe are urged to participate in the competition. For information or to submit an application, visit

The competition’s goal is to foster students’ deeper understanding of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) related concepts, recognize outstanding talent and prepare the next generation of globally competitive innovators.

CSTL, a nonprofit organization with a mission of encouraging science learning and literacy, is accepting applications from high schools representing teams of one to three students between ages 15 and 18. The competition’s finals will take place at Stony Brook University on Thursday, July 12. Teams will present to judges and display their innovative solutions.

Last year, Plainview-Old Bethpage John F. Kennedy High School Team “Super Silk” won first place and $10,000. Team members Alyssa Iryami and Audrey Shine’s project was titled: Utilization of Bombyx mori in the Production of Polymeric Graphene Enhanced Supersilk. The students fed graphene to silkworms and demonstrated that the naturally produced silk was strengthened. They proved that the stronger naturally made silk could be used in many ways including making water filters.

“The Spellman HV Clean Tech Competition is an important and engaging program created to inspire and motivate students from around the globe to focus on STEM education and careers. Students who participate gain important skills and discover the many exciting opportunities that careers in science, technology, math and engineering have to offer,” said Dr. Ray Ann Havasy, director of the Center for Science Teaching & Learning.

“It is important for us to strongly support the next generation of STEM leaders and play an instrumental role in generating the international attention the Competition deserves,” said Dr. Loren Skeist, President of Spellman HV Electronics.

Spellman High Voltage Electronics, the competition’s major sponsor, is a leader in high voltage technology in the medical, industrial and scientific fields. For information about, CSTL or the 2018 Spellman HV Clean Tech Competition, visit or call 516-764-0045.

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