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CREC Aerospace Wins First and Third at 2017 Connecticut Science & Engineering Fair

(Windsor, CT) The CREC Academy of Aerospace and Engineering captured first and third place in the physical sciences division of the 2017 Connecticut Science & Engineering Fair at Quinnipiac University. Senior High Team members, Chris Rinaldi, Vishakh Talanki and Jean Pasato won first place for testing the effect of aerodynamic leaf design on electrical power generation through a network of vertically aligned micro wind turbines. Senior High School teammates, Janine Albert and Chandni Patel, won third place for their work with polymer blends. Other students who were recognized or participated include:Finalist – Jay Aindow2nd Honors – Nikhil BhatArshad Bhura, Malavika Madan, and Alexa Wilson – Pfizer Life Sciences Award- Finalist Life Science Senior High Team – CSF medallionPreksha Gupta, Artem Boyko, and Zirui HaoAlexandra Smith and Sreenidhi NairMarissa Guzzo – Award from the Society for In Vitro BiologyJason Vailionis – Mu Alpha Theta AwardBrianna Mailloux Ashley ShafranSpencer Scutt Kyla ThomasThe Connecticut Science & Engineering Fair is a yearly, statewide science and engineering fair open to all students in 7th through 12th grades residing, or enrolled, in Connecticut schools and Fishers Island. An important objective of the program is to attract young people to careers in science and engineering while developing skills essential to critical thinking. Through science fair participation, students are encouraged to pursue independent work using proper research methods. About 120 schools and regional fairs send students to the CSEF. These students compete for the 600 available spaces at the state fair.###The Capitol Region Education Council was established in 1966. Working with and for its member districts, CREC has developed a wide array of cost-effective and high-quality programs and services to meet the educational needs of children and adults in the region. CREC brings nearly five decades of experience in education, regional collaboration, and operations to provide innovative strategies and products that address the changings needs of school districts and their students, corporations, non-profits, and individual professions. CREC regularly serves 36 towns in Greater Hartford, offering more than 120 programs to more than 150,000 students annually. CREC manages more than 35 facilities throughout the area, including 17 interdistrict magnet schools. More information about CREC and CREC’s award-winning schools is available at www.crec.org.

CREC Arts Academy Junior Roshae Harrison Turned Racist Encounter into Winning Poem

Roshae Harrison, a 16-year-old black girl from Hartford, was once a blond and her hair color – she was in the process of going purple – attracted racist slurs from a man on the street.“He called me the N-word and said I shouldn’t have blond hair. I just had to keep walking,” said Roshae, a junior at the CREC Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts High School. “That happened a long time ago and I hadn’t thought about it until the presidential campaign.”The experience turned into a poem, the winning poem in the 2017 Hartford Friends and Enemies of Wallace Stevens Student Poetry Competition. The prize includes a $1,000 scholarship. Roshae was honored at a reception at the University of Connecticut and performed her poem in front of students at Greater Hartford Classical Magnet High School.The poem, “What You Told Me,” opens with a description of her experience and the advice her parents gave her.“They told me the only way to defeat people like that is to get an education, that I need to go to college, learn more about where I come from and learn how to be an activist for my people,” Roshae said. “It’s a call to action about how the parents of minorities have to teach their children different lessons than what white people go through, like how to address the police, how to walk down the street, what to say to people, how to talk to people, all that stuff to protect you from bad things happening because of the color of your skin.”Roshae has been writing since she was 10. She started with profuse, emotional journal entries that evolved into poetry and then short fiction. When she’s not composing poems she writes short horror stories and she recently started dabbling with sci-fi. Edgar Allan Poe and Langston Hughes are among her favorite writers. She sees herself possibly becoming a journalist or a lawyer down the line.

CREC Academy of Aerospace and Engineering Hosts Basketball Clinic at CREC River Street School

On March 13, the students in the extended stay program at River Street School were treated to a basketball clinic put on by the girls’ basketball team from the CREC Academy of Aerospace and Engineering.As part of their community service, the team decided to stay close to home to work on a project with their Windsor neighbors - the students at River Street. Head Coach Jane Manby and her players walked over to River Street School to lead the clinic. Sixteen students participated in 45 minutes of dribbling, passing, and shooting drills. The activity was a great success with all of the students actively participating. Team members were especially enthusiastic and encouraging towards the RSS students. John Kaplan, extended day program manager, told the coach that the students don’t often get opportunities to interact with "typical" peers and that this was truly a special activity for them. At the conclusion of the clinic, the girls and students lined up and exchanged "hi-fives" as the RSS students returned to their classrooms. The CREC Public Safety Academy’s boys’ basketball team put on a similar activity earlier in the year. The extended day program has also established a relationship with students from the Loomis Chaffee School who come throughout the year for joint recreational activities. All of these activities offer the RSS students opportunities to socialize and interact with "typical" peers within the school setting. They also offer the students from the other programs an opportunity to learn about and interact with people on the Autism Spectrum.

Juvenile Detention Center Education Program Students Engage in Lesson about Air Resistance

Students in the CREC Juvenile Detention Center Education Program spent a day in March learning the effects of air resistance on falling objects. The lesson, taught with parachutes, was part of the Connecticut Science Center Outreach Program.During the visit, organized by HJDC science teacher, Everett Hillman, students created and tested parachutes to determine how air resistance affects falling objects. Science learning was enhanced for both staff and students as everyone participated in this hands-on enrichment activity. Two of our students’ parachutes were selected by the program facilitators to be displayed at the Science Center in Hartford. The program was funded by a grant from the CT Science Center.

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