Two Students Win Awards at 9th Annual I-SWEEEP Olympiad

Alexis Hopkins (pictured above on left) from Fort Walton Beach High School and Lauren Matthews (pictured above on right) from Niceville High School recently attended the International Sustainable World (Energy, Engineering, and Environment) Project (I-SWEEEP) Olympiad in Houston, Texas and both brought back awards.  Alexis received Silver in Engineering and Lauren received a Bronze in Plants.

I-SWEEEP is a groundbreaking science fair competition open to high school students and it is the largest science fair event of its kind world-wide.  Organized by Harmony Public Schools, a K-12 Public Charter School System, I-SWEEEP was created as a collaborative yet competitive environment in which students can present their innovative ideas on today’s challenges in energy, engineering, and the environment, and creating a more sustainable world for tomorrow.

This year 385 highly qualified projects from 62 countries were displayed at the George R. Brown Convention Center during the week of April 27-May 1, 2016.  564 young high school researchers and 300 teachers traveled to Houston for this remarkable event.  Finalist students were selected to compete at I-SWEEEP by winning a top prize at state or national science fairs in their respective locales.  Participants enjoyed the opportunity to meet other students from different parts of the world while seeing that they are not alone in their commitment to find solutions to the globe’s sustainability problems.

“What an awesome job to place 2nd and 3rd at an International Level Competition,” said Neely Calhoun, Regional Science Fair Director, STEMM Academy.

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