La Salle Freshman Only Rhode Island Student To Qualify For International Science Competition
La Salle Academy freshman Kyle Hannon and his science teacher Sheena McGee-Flynn will be traveling to Houston, Texas to represent La Salle and the State of Rhode Island at an environmental science competition – I-SWEEEP (International Sustainable World Energy Engineering Environment Project Olympiad).
Kyle, who lives in North Scituate, Rhode Island, is the only Rhode Island student to qualify for the worldwide competition. The title of his project is: "Earth, Wind & Water: Can a base of an offshore wind farm be made to help provent coastal erosion?"
“The timing of my project selection coincided with offshore wind farms in Rhode Island being in the news. Also, news about the Narragansett Bay coastal erosion problems had been a popular issue. In my initial research about these two topics I came across engineering websites and articles that examined coastal erosion barriers and oil spill containment prototypes,” said Kyle. “I figured that I could combine offshore wind farms and coastal erosion barriers because an offshore wind farm needs to have some type of base which gave me the opportunity to trial different barrier structures.”
I-SWEEEP brings the top high school researchers from all over the world to display their innovative ideas. Texas will have the largest contingent with 54 students attending. The event is held at the George R. Brown Convention Center of Houston.
More than 1000 participants will share the ideas, experience, and knowledge to promote maintaining global sustainability in near future. The Opening Ceremony is May 3 and the Awards Ceremony is May 6.
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