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EWI Award at State Science Day

May 23, 2014

On behalf of EWI, I’d like to thank the team of volunteer judges for the annual State Science Day competition May 11, 2014, at which we granted the EWI Award for the outstanding student projects in the field of materials science and engineering. There were two grade categories of 7th-9th and 10th-12th with 1st, 2nd, and 3rd prizes for each category. The high school awardees also received additional college scholarships from the state of Ohio. We had a large number of projects to evaluate again this year (~120) and the judges did an excellent job of thoughtfully and efficiently reviewing all the projects in a relatively short amount of time. The judges this year included EWI Associates George Ritter, Seth Shira, Sean Gleeson, Angi Cox, Warren Peterson, Barb Christel, Paul Zelenak, Sam Lewis, and Zak Pramann, as well as Fabrisonic’s Hilary Johnson, EMTEC alumnus Gary Walzer of PolymerOhio, and Greg McMahon. Thanks again to each of them for dedicating their time and effort to an event that helps inspire and reward the next generation of engineers and scientists.  The high school winner used a kiln to make activated charcoal materials for water filtration.  The junior high winner was converting potatoes and corn into polymeric materials.