Ideas @ Work: #12 Inspiring the Next Generation of STEM Leaders

33 ideas big and small from Norwich students, faculty, staff, and alumni that are transforming campus and the world.

The Norwich Record

Spring 2016

Every year, students in grades 5-12 advance from local and regional STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) competitions throughout Vermont to present winning projects at the Vermont State Science and Mathematics Fair. The spring event is hosted on the Norwich campus and is co-directed by NU emeritus Professor of Biology Carlos Pinkham.

“I am always moved by the way students effect their belief that they can change the world,” says event co-coordinator Tricia Finkle. “Printing skin for burn victims, killing bacteria with spices, building bio sand-filters out of PVC, purifying water, and harnessing energy. They address all the important challenges we face, gaining a deep understanding of the complexity of the real world.”

“It is this desire to be a part of the solution that drives them to the level of achievement you see at the fair. Students seem to be more focused on improving the future than ever. Gone are the projects that compare brands of kitchen sponges.”

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