The Center for Energy sponsored science project awards for the regional Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science (PJAS) on Saturday, February 1st, 2020. The PJAS is a non-profit organization affiliated with the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) with the goal to stimulate and promote interest in science among its members through the development of research projects and investigations. Students in grades 7 -12 participate by designing a scientific research project and then give oral presentations to a team of judges.
Dr. Grainger, along with several of his students, was present to evaluate projects and select two candidates for the University of Pittsburgh Center for Energy-Swanson School of Engineering Award that included $100, a plaque, and a bag of SSOE goodies. The students were selected based on their projects that demonstrated innovation and technical competence in engineering and science related to power and energy technologies, systems, and concepts.
Janise Kim, a 10th grade student at Fox Chapel Area High School, presenting her project "Applying Machine Learning to Eliminate Standby Electricity" and Kandalyn Umbel, a 7th grade student at Queen of Angels, presenting her project "Light it Up", received the Center for Energy awards. Congratulations to these bright young minds!