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County Executive Leopold Challenges High School Students to Design Green Energy Project

Team from South River High will take the Community Challenge

Annapolis (September 13, 2010) - County Executive Leopold today presented talented students from South River High School with a challenge to design a “green energy” project that could improve the environment and save or generate revenue for Anne Arundel County government.

“This program allows us to tap the real potential of our brightest students,” County Executive Leopold said. “I can think of no better way to test their abilities than to set their sights on a goal high school students rarely have a chance to tackle. My Administration has made the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math program a priority. Now we have a chance to see what these students can do.”

County Executive Leopold provided funding in his budgets to start the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) program at Anne Arundel Community College, and with approval from the County Council he was also able to fund state-of-the-art laboratories for that program. The Administration also provided funding to expand the Anne Arundel Public Schools STEM Magnet Program to include South River High School.

The Community Challenge is a seminar that splits students into teams that consult “clients” on assigned projects. Over the course of the semester, the students will research innovative green energy projects. Among the examples they will review are two projects underway in the County which provide solar energy to the grid in exchange for lower electricity rates and a facility that converts methane gas from the landfill into energy.

The students will present their findings in written and oral form to the County’s team of reviewers.


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