High school students from around globe display science, art projects

The first GENIUS Olympiad’s opening activities—an exhibition of student projects and a ceremony featuring a noted National Geographic photographer—will be open to the public Monday, June 27, at SUNY Oswego.

Students from around the United States and more than 30 nations will exhibit their science and art projects to the public at 6:30 p.m. in the ballroom of Hewitt Union. Their research and artwork focus on two precious global resources, oil and water, and how to clean up major oil spills in the ocean.

All are welcome, too, at the Olympiad’s opening ceremony at 8 p.m. in Tyler Hall’s Waterman Theatre, where photographer Annie Griffiths will speak.

One of the first women photographers to work for National Geographic, Griffiths also founded HotPink, a collective of photojournalists documenting the programs that help poor women deal with the effects of climate change.

At least 137 finalists and their mentors from more than 30 nations—Egypt, Slovakia, South Korea, Indonesia, Turkey and others—are expected for the five-day Global Environmental Issues U.S. (GENIUS) Project Olympiad at SUNY Oswego.

GENIUS will offer scholarships, prizes and medals to students whose projects are judged best in their categories.

With sponsorship from Syracuse Research Corp., Terra Science and Education Foundation and SUNY Oswego, each visiting entrant and his or her teacher have only airfare to pay among major trip expenses.

For more information, visit http://geniusolympiad.org.

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(Posted: Jun 15, 2011)

Tags: world awareness, science, education