Rockville Centre’s Center for Science Teaching and Learning Announces 2018 State-Wide Spellman HV Clean Tech Competition

 

Rockville Centre, NY – The Center for Science Teaching and Learning (CSTL) announced the official launch of the 2018 Spellman High Voltage Electronics Clean Tech Competition, a unique, worldwide research and design challenge for pre-college youth that encourages scientific understanding of real-world issues and the integration of environmentally responsible energy use. 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.

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. This year’s theme is “Solving Climate Change.” Teams are challenged to identify and analyze specific problems associated with climate change in detail before designing a clean technology solution to mitigate the negative impacts, help reduce the carbon footprint and create a solution for overcoming the challenge that they have identified.

CSTL, a not-for-profit organization with a mission of encouraging science learning and literacy, is currently accepting free applications from high schools representing teams of 1-3 students between ages 15 and 18 from the U.S. and abroad. This year’s Final Competition will take place at Stony Brook University in Stony Brook, New York on Thursday, July 12. The finals will culminate with remarkable displays and student team presentations of their solutions to environmental challenges.

“As leaders in STEM, this important and engaging Competition promotes and inspires students from around the globe. The Competition is critical today especially as we see from studies that level of interest in STEM in the U.S. is very low compared to that of other nations,” says Dr. Ray Ann Havasy, Director of The Center for Science Teaching & Learning. “With the strong support of our major sponsor, Spellman High Voltage Electronics, this Competition provides an important forum for high school students to show their skills, talents and creativity as they address the important worldwide issues of climate change, clean energy problems and sustainability. Each year we are amazed at the innovations and creative solutions our student competitors offer and display for judges.”

Monetary prizes will be awarded to a total of 10 finalists, with $10,000 awarded to the winner, $7,000 to 2nd place, $5,000 to 3rd place. Additionally, the winning team will continue its relationship with a professional serving as a mentor who will advise and assist the first place winning team in furthering its climate change work and education.

Admission to watch the Final Competition on Thursday, July 12 at Stony Brook University is open to college and high school students, families, businesses and campers who will be inspired and amazed by the creative and impressive inventions that the top 10 competition student team finalists from across the globe have developed as they reveal and demonstrate their climate change solutions live during the Final Competition.

“The students we met during last year’s competition showed us that there are many talented and smart young people from around the world who are committed to taking on significant environmental challenges. Upon observing this dedication, we immediately knew we wanted to extend our sponsorship of CSTL’s Clean Tech Competition for 2018 and through 2020. 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,” says Dr. Loren Skeist, President of Spellman HV Electronics. “CSTL’s Clean Tech Competition reflects Spellman High Voltage’s commitment to clean technology and sustainability. In addition it complements our goal of promoting and generating innovative clean technology innovation. We expect this year’s Competition to be thrilling and inspiring.”

Since its establishment in 2012, The CSTL Competition themes have included “Creating a Greener Future,” “Solar Solutions,” “Clean Water for All,” “Pollution Solutions,” “Feed the World” and “Making an Impact.” Each year, the Clean Tech Competition addresses an issue that is grounded in core technological competency areas while focusing on the next great engineering challenges. The Competition is designed to foster a deeper understanding of STEM related concepts, recognize outstanding talent, and prepare the next generation of globally competitive innovators.

Spellman High Voltage Electronics, the Competition’s major sponsor, is a leader in high voltage technology in the medical, industrial and scientific fields. For more information about, CSTL or the 2018 Spellman High Voltage Electronics Clean Tech Competition, please visit the Clean Tech Competition website at www.cleantechcompetition.org or call (516) 764-0045.

 

 

About Spellman High Voltage Electronics:

Headquartered in Hauppauge, NY, Spellman High Voltage Electronics, a family owned company established in 1947, is the preferred global supplier of precision DC high voltage power supplies and Monoblock® X-Ray sources for medical, industrial and scientific applications. It currently has over 2,000 employees in five design, six production and eight support centers in North America, Europe and Asia. Spellman partners with leading technology companies to advance medical care, industrial processes, quality control, scientific research, security and telecommunications by providing innovative high voltage power conversion solutions. For more information about Spellman High Voltage Electronics, visit www.spellmanhv.com.

About the Center for Science Teaching & Learning:

The Center for Science Teaching & Learning (CSTL) is a not-for-profit organization with a mission of encouraging science learning and literacy. CSTL, headquartered in Rockville Centre, NY, develops programs for people of all ages and utilizes inquiry-based learning as its foundation for program development. This year marks the first for which CSTL is serving as the administrator of the Clean Tech Competition. For more information, visit www.cleantechcompetition.org. For more information about CSTL visit www.ctsl.org.

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