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Connecticut Student Innovator’s Day - May 9, 2009

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Connecticut Students to Exhibit, Present Sustainable Energy/Environmental Projects at Expo

Governor M. Jodi Rell has proclaimed May 9 as Connecticut Student Innovators’ Day in recognition of more than 1,600 Connecticut middle and high school students from across the state who have participated in year-long courses and programs that promote STEM education (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math). Students will be presenting team “green” projects in information technology, biotechnology, e-commerce, engineering, science research, health careers and digital media on May 9 at the 2009 Connecticut Innovation Exposition at the Connecticut Convention Center.

“Connecticut’s students represent the future of the state, and their ability to successfully compete in a technology- and innovation-driven world while applying green principles will be key, not only to their own success, but to the success of the state and nation,” said Governor Rell.

The Center for 21st Century Skills @ EDUCATION CONNECTION develops and manages the technology-rich, project-based courses and programs in conjunction with Connecticut Career Choices (CCC). There are currently more than 45 schools across the state using the curricula – the Expo is the culminating event for the students. Each year, students in CCC courses and programs are asked to respond to an issue currently facing our society. The work they do toward solving these problems helps to prepare them for the 21st century workforce. All 2009 Expo student teams were challenged to develop solutions related to sustainable energy and/or environmental responsibility.

“We’re preparing a workforce for the 21st century by giving students real-life challenges and the skills to address those challenges. That includes developing solutions that promote a sustainable future for our planet,” says Michael Mino Director, Center for 21st Century Skills @ EDUCATION CONNECTION.

Lieutenant Governor Fedele will be kicking off the opening ceremony at 9 a.m., followed by keynote speaker Lewis Pugh – environmentalist, explorer, swimmer – who will recount his polar adventures as he educates attendees about climate change.

Projects will be judged by a panel of business professionals and field experts. The opening ceremony begins at 9 a.m. and exhibits will be available for public viewing from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. with oral presentations or “elevator pitches” (to “sell” their projects to the audience and judges) taking place throughout the day. The exhibition is free to the public and attendees can visit student exhibitions and hear oral presentations. For more information, visit www.ctexpo.org

Middle and high school students from these districts will present their innovative projects:

Berlin, Bethel, Bloomfield, Bridgeport, Bristol, Brookfield, Danbury, Derby, East Haddam, East Hartford, East Haven, Fairfield, Glastonbury, Hartford, Litchfield, Manchester, Meriden, New Britain, New Canaan, New Fairfield, New Haven, New London, New Milford, Newtown, Norwalk, Oxford, Plainville, Regions 6, 8, 9, 11, 12, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, Simsbury, Southington, Stamford, Terryville, Thomaston, Waterbury, West Hartford, Windham, Woodstock, and Xavier High School.

About the Center for 21st Century Skills @ EDUCATION CONNECTION

The Center for 21st Century Skills (www.skills21.org) promotes the advancement of 21st century skills, technical education, and careers by creating “blended learning” environments that combine traditional face-to-face classroom learning with online instruction. It is an organizational unit of EDUCATION CONNECTION (www.educationconnection.org), the Regional Educational Service Center for western Connecticut. For more information, visit http://ctcconline.org.

About Connecticut Career Choices (CCC)

CCC (http://ctcareerchoices.org) is an initiative funded by the Connecticut Office for Workforce Competitiveness to engage Connecticut middle and high school students in a variety of challenging STEM-related courses. CCC combines innovative, Internet-based curriculum with experiential learning opportunities, such as hosting classroom speakers, company tours, job shadows, and teacher externships.

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