Bridgeport students Xiomara Hernandez and Rahnumar Rahmon were
honored as a finalist for their projects, “Nature’s Way of Cleaning Oil
Spills in Fresh Water” and “Biogas: The Future of Alternative Energy,”
respectively, at the 66th annual Science and Engineering Fair at
Quinnipiac University on March 15.
Energize Connecticut sponsored the special
award categories of Alternative/Renewable Energy for middle and high
school students, Future Sustainability for high school students and
Sustainable Resources and Practices for middle school students.
Hernandez and Rahmon’s projects were honored in the Sustainable Resources and Practices for middle school students.
On hand to present the awards to the finalists were Connecticut Light
& Power Senior Program Administrator Rebecca Meyer and United
Illuminating Co. Director of Commercial and Industrial Services Roy
Haller. Representatives from CL&P and UI served as judging chairs
and coordinated approximately 30 judges from the Department of Energy
& Environmental Protection, Capitol Region Education Council, Clean
Energy Finance & Investment Authority, Pratt & Whitney, United
Technologies Corporation, University of New Haven and U.S. Coast Guard
The Connecticut Science and Engineering Fair is open to students in
seventh through 12th grades across the state, who compete for more than
600 spots each year. The objective of the fair is to attract young
people to careers in the science and engineering industry, while also
developing critical thinking skills. The fair is supported by several
academic and industrial organizations throughout the state, with funds
directed to the awards, operations and various educational activities.