Cooper Union hosts Clean Tech Competition finalists

Responding to the call for solutions for climate change and environmental challenges, an elite group of high school student finalists from the United States that represent California (including Team Piezo Pioneer of Oxford Academy in Cypress), Colorado, Massachusetts, New Jersey and New York as well as from abroad representing China, Singapore, the Philippines and Zimbabwe (full list of finalists listed below) will compete in the 2019 Spellman High Voltage Electronics Clean Tech Competition. These students were selected from more than 500 entries among nearly 1,200 registrants from 40 countries.  Teams will vie for $60K in monetary prizes at the Competition Finals, which will take place at New York City’s Cooper Union, located at 30 Cooper Square.  

New for 2019, the competition has expanded from 10 to 20 finalists and with the introduction of two categories: 1.) Mitigating the Effects of Climate Change and 2.) Resource Preservation. Capitalizing on this year’s Competition theme, “Toward A Greener Tomorrow” that focuses on changing the course of our environmental future, teams will display for the public and present to judges their projects offering solutions to specific issues relating to climate change or protecting resources using clean technology.

“As main sponsor of CSTL’s Clean Tech Competition, we have had the privilege of seeing the amazing creativity and ingenuity of today’s youth and how their projects can play an instrumental role in addressing global climate change and other environmental challenges,” said Dr. Loren Skeist, President of Spellman HV Electronics. “It is important that we as business leaders continue to support the importance of STEM and inspire the next generation of environment and climate change leaders. We look forward to seeing this year’s competitors from across the United States and from around the globe who we are sure will once again impress us with their projects along with their knowledge, creativity and problem-solving capabilities.”

The U.S. needs to address the shortage of STEM educated people to fill millions of jobs and to make America competitive as innovative ideas and solutions are necessary to promote sustainable energy use and other approaches to help resolve climate changes and energy and environmental issues.  In its eighth year, this international Competition is the only outcome-based STEM focused research and design challenge for pre-college youth to inspire them to pursue STEM studies and careers. The program is hosted by New York-based not-for-profit Center for Science, Teaching & Learning, led by STEM Crusader and Advocate Dr. Ray Ann Havasy, and sponsored by New York-based Spellman HV Electronics, a leader in high voltage technology in the medical, industrial and scientific fields.


“Each year we see our Clean Tech Competition grow in its demand and participation, which shows us that we are achieving our goal in attracting students’ interest in STEM studies along with generating their awareness and interest in environmental and climate issues,” said Dr. Havasy, Executive Director of CSTL. “Our Clean Tech Competition is designed to provide students with a forum where they can tap into their innovative ideas for addressing environmental concerns and for bringing those ideas to life so that they can be practically applied for solving real problems affecting our environment and climate, which in turn nurtures our next generation STEM, environment and climate leaders.”

Open to the public at no charge, the Competition Finals will kick off with public display of the finalists’ projects starting at 9:00 a.m. Private judging of finalists’ projects will take place throughout the day. During the judging period, panel discussions on careers and engineering with professionals in the field will take place. The day will conclude with an award ceremony at 2:00 p.m. announcing the competition’s top winners.

This year’s finalists listed by team names, schools, countries, students, team leaders and their projects according to their respective competition categories are:


  • Team Macromolecules: QSI International School of Shenzhen, Shenzhen, Guangdong, China
    Students: Justin Kim, Seoyeon Yoon, Sharon Han
    Team Leader: Ms. Erin Burnett
    Project Title: Whabamifier: Algae Decomposer
  • Team Bee Flower: Alliance Judy Ivie Burton Technology Academy High School, Los Angeles, California, United States
    Students: Belen Herrera, Esmeralda Rosas, Christian Recinos
    Team Leader: Ms. Jamie Garcia
    Project Title: Bee Flower; Solving the Effect of Climate Change on Bees
  • Team M.J.W.: Alliance Judy Ivie Burton Technology Academy High School, Los Angeles, California, United States
    Students: Wendy Martinez, Melissa Ortiz, Jacob Miro
    Team Leader: Ms. Jamie Garci
    Project Title: The PressAir Jet
  • Team Kyang8093: Fairview High School, Boulder, Colorado, United States
    Student: Kevin Yang
    Team Leader: Mr. Xiaobo Yin
    Project Title: From Greenhouse to Redhouse: Development of an Advanced Film to Promote Photosynthetic Activity and Crop Production
  • Team Earth Time: Bergen Technical High School Teterboro Student Council, Teterboro, New Jersey, United States
    Students: Hiba Shaqra, Matthew Balestier, Suheyla Tozan
    Team Leader: Ms. Jayasree Sankar
    Project Title: The Usage of Waxworm Bacteria on Digestion of Plastics
  • Team BeesBoys: High Technology High School, Lincroft, New Jersey, United States
    Students: Daniel Galindo, Sean Manir, Aidan Kelly
    Team Leader: Ms. Dina Ellsworth
    Project Title: Increasing Crop Yield By Changing Light Arrangement in Vertical Farming
  • Team TVHS1: Tech Valley High School, Albany, New York, United States
    Students: Lauryn Warner, Purevsuren Batdorj, Noah Higgins
    Team Leader: Ms. Diana Weldon
    Project Title: Application of Nanosponges Combined with Boron and Water Repelling Silicon to Fx oil Spills
  • Team VYSP: Andover High School, Andover, Massachusetts, United States
    Students: Krishnaveni Dole, Yashvi Gosalia, Puloma Bishnu
    Team Leader: Ms. Lindsey L’Ecuyer
    Project Title: Engineered Bacteria for Ocean PET Degradation
  • Team Proton Pumpers: Lawrence High School, Cedarhurst, New York, United States
    Students: Tzipora Schein and Bhawan Sandhu
    Team Leader: Ms. Rebecca Isseroff
    Project: Creating a Novel, Cost-Effective and Durable Proton-Conducting Membrane for Hydrogen Fuel Cells
  • Team Solar Power Rangers: National Junior College, Singapore, Singapore, Singapore
    Students: Kristie Eliana Ramli, Natasha Chin Hui Shan, Joanne Chua
    Team Leader: Ms. Xiu-Li Ng
    Project Title: Cheap Water Filter Using Three Agricultural and Food Waste Materials to Remove Heavy Metals from Polluted Waters


  • Team Piezo Pioneer: Oxford Academy, Cypress, California, United States
    Students: Arya Joshi
    Team Leader: Mr. Praful Joshi
    Project Title: Energy Generation from Motor Vehicle Drag Through Piezoelectric Processes
  • Team JMJ: Alliance Judy Ivie Burton Technology Academy High School, Los Angeles, California, United States
    Students: Melvin Valle, Joshua Larios, José Portillo
    Team Leader: Ms. Jamie Garcia
    Project Title: The Di Still: Every Drop Counts  
  • Team Matemba: Prince Edward School, Harare, Harare, Zimbabwe
    Students: Gabriel Matemba
    Team Leader: Mr. Ebinais Chayambuka
    Project Title: Electronic Aquaponics System 
  • Team PSHSMC_Peltier: Philippine Science High School – Main Campus, Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines
    Students: John Kloyd P. Araza, Louise Gabrielle N. Espiña, Maria Gabriela P. Gayon
    Team Leader: Mr. Adrian Augusto Sumald
    Project Title: Development of a Peltier Tile-Based Thermoelectric Generator System with a Cuboidal Coolant Core
  • Team Coal Kids: Philippine Science High School – Main Campus, Quezon City, National Capital Region, Philippines
    Students: Bertrand Michael L. Diola, Sophia Francesca B. Pre, Caithleen Anne U. Ricaforte
    Team Leader: Ms. Dawn Crisologo 
    Project Title: Creation and Testing of Circulating Fluidized Bed Coal Bottom Ash (CFB-CBA) Clay Soil Conditioner
  • Team SRosenstark2019: Livingston High School, Livingston, New Jersey, United States
    Student: Steven Rosenstark
    Team Leader: Mr. Michael Rosenstark
    Project Title: Multifunctional Reactive Electrochemical Membrane (REM) Filtration of Industrial Dye
  • Team Yashaswi and Shreya: Queens High School for the Sciences, Jamaica, New York, United States
    Students: Yashaswi Manneru and Shreya Kaveti
    Team Leader: Ms. Shanaz Baksh
    Project Title: The Effect of Extracting Lignin Like Compounds from Chlorella Green Algae and Oscillatoria Blue green Algae on the Production of an Eco-Friendly Paper Source
  • Team Clean Dream: West Windsor Plainsboro High School North, Plainsboro, New Jersey, United States
    Students: Ishita Bhimavarapu
    Team Leader: Ms. Tulasi Annapareddy
    Project Title: Rain Gain: An App for Rainwater Harvesting
  • Team Every Drop Counts: NSP International, Singapore, Singapore, Singapore
    Students: Samud Suhas Shetty, Preetish Juneja, Manan Pankaj Bulani
    Team Leader: Mr. Krishna M Bhatta
    Project Title: Conservation of Rainwater in Urban and Rural Environments Through the Use of Intra-structural Reservoirs
  • Team ISTGoesGreen: International School of Turin, Chieri, Turin, Italy
    Students: M. Nicole Gally, Ms. Meire Klemmer, Mr. Filippo Secco
    Team Leader: Ms. Astrid Tegge-Schuering
    Project Title: SMART Greenhouse Proposal for Mini Tomatoes and Mint plants

For more information about, CSTL or the 2019 Spellman High Voltage Electronics Clean Tech Competition, please visit the Clean Tech Competition website at or call (516) 764-0045.

This article was a courtesy release.