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STEM student scores in the 2014 Dupont challenge

STEM student Jack Banas and his instructor.

STEM Robotics and Applied Technology student, Jack Banas, is congratulated by teacher,
Randy Ohman.

Are you passionate about the exciting world of science? Are you intrigued by the possibilities that the latest scientific ideas and developments may hold for our future? STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics) Academy student, Jack Banas, has shown his interest, placing Honorable Mention in The DuPont Challenge, North America's premier science essay competition.

The competition encourages students to delve deep into their interests in STEM, in addition to expressing themselves with creativity and purpose. Our growing world faces new challenges each day, and DuPont asked students to share ideas in regard to how science can help keep our global population supplied with food, safety, and clean energy.

The entry for the competition is an essay between 700 to 1,000 words in length, including a list of research sources, falling under one of four categories:
•Together, we can feed the world.
•Together, we can build a secure energy future.
•Together, we can protect people and the environment.
•Together, we can be innovative anywhere.

Jack chose a secure energy future, explaining how an inovation in roof engineering can save large amounts of air conditioning energy by preventing conducted and radiated solar energy from getting into the attic of a home.

Jack is a student in Randy Ohman's applied technology class. By Achieving Honorable Mention in this national competition, Jack will receive a $200 U.S. savings bond and the book "The Elements" by Britannica.

Posted on April 21, 2014