High School

2011 High School Winners

Siemens, Discovery Education and the College Board are pleased to announce the National Middle School Winners of the 2010-2011 Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge! See the winners from grades K-2, 3-5 and 6-8.

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First Place - IOWA

  • Team Name T.E.A.M.S.
  • Location West Branch, Iowa
  • School West Branch High School
  • Students
    • David Fischer
    • Justin Roth
    • Sarah Fischer
  • Teacher/Mentor Hector Ibarra
  • Description After conducting an energy audit of their high school, Team T.E.A.M.S. found that the school could make several updates and enhancements that would reduce energy consumption. These included replacing outdated pneumatic thermostat HVAC systems with variable frequency drive systems, purchasing energy efficient refrigerators, and increasing awareness on energy efficiency. The team presented their ideas to the School Board and many of their recommendations have been approved and implemented. Following this, T.E.A.M.S presented at a Legislative Energy Summit and traveled to the state Capitol to meet with legislators and the Iowa Department of Energy Independence. They are working with legislators to craft a bill that encourages energy audits of all public buildings and hope to further help other reduce their energy impact.
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Second Place - INDIANA

  • Team Name Clean Plate, Clean Energy
  • Location West Lafayette, Indiana
  • School West Lafayette Junior/Senior High School
  • Students
    • Arthi Puri
    • Agustina de la Fuente
  • Teacher/Mentor Rakesh Agrawal
  • Description Team Clean Plate, Clean Energy learned that their city was already generating energy by recycling the food waste of the dining courts through an overhauled anaerobic digester. They designed a pilot program to recycle food waste to create energy and tested the program in their town. Their study indicated a great interest in recovering food waste with the added value of displacing fossil fuels, greenhouse gasses, increasing the lifespan of landfills, using the byproduct as fertilizer, and saving the city money. The team served as a liaison between the school, the city WWTU, Waste Management, restaurants and schools to lead the initiative. The team’s project demonstrated replicability to other communities, showing offsetting of operational costs by using existing infrastructure and technology, working towards a zero-waste-to-landfill goal. Students expanded the project by educating their school and community with posters and presentations. They worked with Waste Management to lead a county green initiative. Additionally, the team presented to the Mayor and City Council and is working with them to create a partnership with local restaurants. A local radio station interviewed them and, as the community has become more aware of the program, the team is receiving support from many organizations and their local government.
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Third Place - TENNESSEE

  • Team Name EC^2
  • Location Nashville, TN
  • School School for Science and Math at Vanderbilt
  • Students
    • Catherine Anne Caffey
    • Emily Alsentzer
  • Teacher/Mentor Jonathan Creamer
  • Description Team EC^2 implemented an energy conservation competition among the freshman residential houses at Vanderbilt University to examine whether a non-monetary reward (winning the “Commons Cup”) would be effective in changing student behavior affecting the environment. Through the competition, the freshman student body saved Vanderbilt approximately $10,000 in 5 months by reducing their energy usage by 3.5% compared to the previous year, thus validating the use of a non-monetary award. The team issued two press releases and featured their project on the school’s website and a Facebook page, among other sites. They have already contacted other universities to try to implement a similar competition to further expand, nationally and globally.
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