Intel-OARS Environmental Innovators Contest

2013-2014 Presentation and Awards
Thursday, March 6, 2014 from 7 - 9:30 p.m.
Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center
(680 Hudson Road, Sudbury)

Join us for an evening of presentations from local high schools who stepped up to the challenge to creatively solve local water problems.

The Intel-OARS Environmental Innovators Contest challenged and inspired these students to develop creative ideas on how to improve the environment in their community. Our rivers, streams, and lakes face many threats, such as nutrient pollution, loss of wildlife habitat, and the spread of invasive plants and animals. Their projects focused on water issues in the Concord River Watershed (containing the Assabet, Sudbury and Concord Rivers).

CONTEST DETAILS:
Eligibility: All students from grades 9-12 in the Assabet, Sudbury, and Concord River watershed communities.
Entry Form: due Friday, October 31, 2013.
Project Proposal due December 5, 2013.
Project due February 6, 2014.
Contest Requirements: Click here to download.
Project Requirements: Click here to download.
Project Presentation and Award Ceremony: March 6, 2014
Questions? Email or call 978-369-3956.

2012-2013 Presentations and Awards
On March 21, teams from the Advanced Math and Science Academy, Framingham High School, Marlborough High School, and Westford Academy presented their environmental innovation projects.

Teams from Marlborough and Westford tied for first place, earning each team a $425 prize! Representing Marlborough High School, Emma Johanson designed filters for storm drains that would prevent solid waste from entering our waterways. Westford Academy’s Rohan Rastogi, Micheal Gillett, and Chinar Rastogi created SourceFinders, which uses a web-based platform and social media to raise public awareness about nonpoint source pollution and offers tools people can use to improve their environment. In third place, Aaron Dunbrack, Veronica Belkin and Peter Salhanha, from Framingham High School, used Manyflower Marshpennywort as part of a filtration system to reduce phosphorus levels in our rivers.

OARS wishes to thank the contest judges for volunteering their expertise and Intel for the funding to make this competition possible. We also thank the Assabet River National Wildllife Refuge for hosting us at their Visitor Center.