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 ico 04Founder of the GENIUS Olympiad selected for SUNY Chancellor Award

Genius Pic 1Known internationally as the founder and director of the GENIUS Olympiad high school environmental competition, hosted for all eight years by SUNY Oswego, Damkaci has had many students -- several now pursuing doctorates in chemistry -- who credit him as an exceptional teacher, mentor and role model. read more...

ico 04Girls World Expo      

                               Syr 11 6 2016

 Girls World Expo is a day-long event created by local teen girls for local teen girls – our local Girls Advisory Board is made up of teens from Syracuse who have created a unique show just for you! We have also worked closely with our local media partner, The Post-Standard, to fill the day with seminars, performances, demonstrations and vendors that serve your needs in the Syracuse area! read more...



ico 043 Utica schools receive grants for projects

Terra Pic 3Programs at three Utica schools have been awarded Capacity Building Grants from Terra Science and Education Inc. in Syracuse. Martin Luther King, Jr. was awarded $3,266 to expand its STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) program. The grant will be used for a project to let students build, program and operate robots and a 3D printer during an afterschool program. 

The agriculture In and Out of the Classroom project at Watson Williams school received a $5,000 grant to read more...




ico 04$5,368.06 In Grant Funding Awarded To 2 County Schools

Terra Pic 2OSWEGO – Frederick Leighton Elementary and Paul V. Moore High School have been named recipients of Capacity Building Grants from Terra Science and Education, Inc. for a total of $5,368.06 in grant funding going into Oswego County Schools.

Leighton Elementary and Paul V. Moore High School are among 11 organizations across New York State being awarded Capacity Building Grants from Terra Science and Education. A total of $47,752.66 in grants have been awarded to schools and educational non-profits in 2018 to increase educational opportunities for students throughout the State. Leighton, a school within the Oswego City School District, has been awarded $4,037.65 to expand STEM curricularead more...

ico 04Brothers claim a gold medal at GENIUS Olympiad    

Brothers 5 30 18Alex and Andi Spiride win gold for their project, "Noninvasive Wireless Energy Transfer for Implantable Medical Devices." The brothers  competing in the 2017 Genius Olympiad were judged on criteria such as poster organization and content, skills and data management, and oral presentation  amongst others.

Other local competitors walked away with medals and recognition for their work as well. read more...   


ico 04 Sunnyside scientist collects international honors  

Sun 5 30 18OSWEGO, N.Y. — A Sunnyside science fair standout has make her mark on the international field after taking second place in    the Genius Olympiad this past week. “I was excited and surprised,” Sunnyside High School student Karen Villanueva said of her finish. “At first, I didn’t think I would win anything, especially after hearing the honorable mentions and third place awards were given,” she said. “Then they said my name. It was a little overwhelming.”

In addition to the second-place medal for her study of mealworms and   tiny microorganisms called tardigrades, she received a certificate and a Kindle Fire.  read more...


ico 04Education Matter: LR Teen Wins Gold at GENIUS Olympiad

Genius Pic 2A local high school student is celebrating a big finish in an international competition. Central High School Junior Meghana Bollimpalli has won the gold for placing first in the world environmental competition "GENIUS Olympiad." Just last year, the 16-year-old won the silver at the same event.

We caught up with her in the lab at UA Little Rock, where she's working on her newest project, looking for a sustainable alternative to petroleum. "I utilized waste carbon monoxide, which represents 82 percent of all greenhouse gases, to make molecules that are used in everyday applications," Meghana explains. The GENIUS Olympiad is the world's largest environmentally-focused science fair. Meghana represented the United States and competed against students from 70 other countries. Since then, she's been invited to other international science fairs and she's bringing home awards. read more...  

ico 04Potsdam middle school students win honors at regional science fair

Potsdam32 4 6 2017Kingston Middle School sent 32 seventh graders to the TERRA Regional Science Fair at SUNY Potsdam recently. Students won multiple awards including Honors (11 awards), Crossing Over Recognition for advancement to the senior division next year (11 awards), High Honors (4 awards), and Highest Honors (11 awards).

 Students also won a $1,000 award.



ico 0410th Annual Wood Buffalo Regional Sceince Fair

Buffwood 5 31 18 The science fairs provide youth with an outlet which nurtures their creativity and curiosity by designing projects and experiments of their own choosing.

Exceptional projects recognized in regional fairs are given the opportunity to move on to the “Canada-Wide Science Fair” which is a national exhibition showcasing the talents of students representing each of the nation’s regional science fairs. Due to generous sponsors, students participate in the Canada-Wide Science Fair at no cost to them. read more...


ico 04More than 100 students compete in WNY science fair

Buff 4 1 2017More than 100 students in grades 5 through 12 from five counties competed Saturday in the WNY Regional Science & Engineering Fair at Cheektowaga Central High School. Prizes were to be awarded to the top three exhibitors in three age groups: grades 9 through 12; grades 7 and 8; and grades 5 and 6. read more... 


ico 04Salmon River Middle School Students Attend Science Fair at SUNY Potsdam

Salmon 3 23 17On March 1st, Salmon River Middle School held their annual science fair. Out of all of the projects, a select few were chosen to move on to the Terra Northeast Regional Science and Engineering Fair hosted at SUNY Potsdam. This gathering was a celebration of science and engineering, while allowing students to make new friends, learn from the judges, and compete for awards.

Salmon River Middle School was the recipient of a Science grant of two thousand dollars for bringing the largest amount of students to this event from a single school district. A variety of other students took home awards as well for honors, high honors, and highest honors for their efforts on their project read more... 

ico 04Brushton-Moria student recivees highest honors at regional science fair

Moria 3 22 2107Monique Faubert, a sixth-grade student at Brushton-Moira Central School, recently participated in the Terra Northeast Regional Science Fair. She tested several brands of yogurt to determine if they did indeed contain beneficial bacteria. Monique received the top award, ‘Highest Honors,’ at the fair. read more... 



ico 04Forty Years of Science Congress

40years 3 19 2017On Sunday, March 19, 2017, the Central Western Section of the Science Teachers Association of NYS will sponsor the annual Science Congress at St. John Fisher College. Students (grades 6-12) from the counties represented by Central Western Section, Monroe, Wayne, Livingston, Yates, Ontario, Seneca, plus Chemung, Steuben, and Schuyler, present their research projects to scientists and educators who judge their understanding, research methods, and ability to communicate.

Student work is recognized with cash prizes, scholarships, and opportunities to advance to other competions (list of prizes to be posted online soon).read more...



ico 04SUNY Potsdam to Host Internationally-Affiliated Science Fair

SPotsdam 2 3 3 17UNY Potsdam is proud to host the inaugural Terra Northeast Regional Science and Engineering Fair (TNRSEF) on March 11 for students in grades 6-12. Students from Clinton, Essex, Franklin and St. Lawrence counties will compete, earn scholarships and win awards at the College’s Barrington Student Union from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Some highlights of the event include a Q&A session with Astronaut Jeanettetours of SUNY Potsdam, and a viewing of the upcoming PBS Segment, "The Crowd and The Cloud." Students will compete for prizes and the top three schools, who send the most students with the best overall student performances, will receive award money to develop their STEM departments/curriculum. The top school will be awarded $2,000. One student will be named the Ying Scholar and will receive $500. Two teachers will also receive award money for sending the most students to the fair. read more...    

ico 04St. Bonaventure to host Twin Tiers Regional Science Fair

Bona 1 25 2017St. Bonaventure University will host the Twin Tiers Regional Science Fair for the third year in a row, welcoming entries from eighth- through 12th graders.

The science fair will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 30 on campus. Projects in biology, computer science, engineering, mathematics and other sciences are welcome. read more...

ico 04#Bonas to host Twin Tiers Regional Science Fair

Bona 2 1 25 2017St. Bonaventure University will host the Twin Tiers Regional Science Fair for the third year in a row, welcoming entries from eighth- through 12-graders.

The Science Fair will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, March 30, on campus. Projects in biology, computer science, engineering, mathematics, and other sciences are welcome. 

Students from Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, and Allegany counties in New York and students from Warren, Potter, and McKean counties in Pennsylvania are invited to participate. read more...

ico 04Willow International School participated in Genius Olympiads

Willow 18 Students from Willow International School participated in Genius Olympiads which was organised in the USA.Participants had succeeded to get 1 silver medal,2 bronze medals and 2 mention medals. read more...


ico 04Students participated in Genius Olympiad

Willow 1Minister of Science and Technology Excellency Jorge Penicela Nhambiu received our students who participated in Genius Olympiads which was organised in the USA.Participants had succeeded to get 1 silver medal,2 bronze medals and 2 mention more...


ico 04Look what was happening at Girls World Expo in Syracuse

Fair 2018Check out the photos from Syracuse's Girl world Expo that took place in the Horticulture Building at the New York State Fairgrounds. Girls World Expo is a national movement of one-day events for teenage girls. The organization says, "Each Expo is diversely designed to connect girls with their community, empowering them to discover their potential, find their best path to personal and professional success, meet new people, try new things and have fun!" read more...



ico 04A closer look at CNY's Duck Race to End Racsim

CNY DuckRaceNewsChannel 9's Beth Cefalu talks to Beth Broadway of Interfaith Works with a preview of the annual Duck Race. These ducks aren't just for racing; they're a symbol of diversity. read more...


ico 04PCS students succeed at science fairs

Olean 5 22 2016Portville Central School science teacher Bob Stives is delighted with student competitors this year who applied themselves to exhibit projects at area and regional science fairs. Two achievers especially stand out. Senior Jayce Freeborn was named a Ying Scholar at the Tri Region Science and Engineering Fair at Onondaga Community College in Syracuse. Mariah Bloise, also a senior, recently attended the 2016 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) in Phoenix, Ariz. read more... 



ico 04Bonas to Host Twin Tiers Regional Science Fair

Bona 2 1 25 2017St. Bonaventure University will host the Twin Tiers Regional Science Fair for the third year in a row, welcoming entries from students in grades 8 through 12.

The science fair will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, March 30, on campus. Projects in biology, computer science, engineering, mathematics, and other sciences are welcome. read more...

ico 04Rochester Regional Science Fair

Terra Pic 3More than 300 local students participated in Rochester's Regional Science Fair on Friday.  Ishaan Govindarajan is an eighth grader from Friedell Middle School and spent months preparing for the fair. read more...




ico 04Terra Summer Internship Program Develops Student Leadership Skills 

mainNewsImageThe Terra Science and Education Program offered 18 SCSD high school students from all five district high schools the opportunity to participate in a summer internship and leadership program, all rolled into one!

Each weekday morning, students participate in an internship with a local organization, funded through CNY Works. They return to the Syracuse Academy of Science, where Terra is based, for lunch, and then they spend the afternoon hours in a discussion-based class.

The focus? “We want to talk about things that get overlooked in academic curriculum,” Program Director Josh Turnquest explained, noting that students discuss things like population and race through the lens of environment, homelessness and hunger, and immigration. read more...

ico 04Terra Summer Internship Program Develops Student Leadership Skills

By Alexa Green Time Warner Cable News | Monday, July 6, 2015 AM EDT

news2About two dozen high schoolers are getting an early start to potential career paths thanks to a Syracuse kick-start program.

They will spend the next few weeks helping out various non-profits in the community through the Terra Summer Internship Program.

The Food Bank of Central New York is just one of the sites students will be lending a helping hand, sorting food and planning fundraising events.

Organizers say the program is a great opportunity to get some real-world experience, while also giving back to the community.

"The benefits I think are incredible. We want to instill service, like I said before, so like i said before, these kids will get up to 90 hours of community service with us, they'll also gain leadership skills and some organization skills. They also are being paid on a need-base basis So they have a chance to put some money in their pockets," said the program's director, Joshua Turnquest.

In all, students will be spending about 15-20 hours a week at the non-profits.

The program continues until August 7 and concludes with a graduation ceremony. read more...

ico 04The Post-Standard on July 16, 2015 at 10:39 AM, updated July 16, 2015 at 10:41 AM"]Company news: SCSD Educational Foundation elects new board members


syracuseThe Syracuse City School District (SCSD) Educational Foundation announces the following individuals have been elected to the foundation's board of directors. They are:

Jason Allers, insurance executive at Agency Specialists Insurance, Inc.; Kim Armani, metro center director at SUNY Oswego Metro Center; Leah Lazarz, content manager at Eric Mower and Associates; Lisa Tobias, director of operations at Terra Science and Education, Inc.; Ryley Bonferraro, student at Henninger High School; and Freddie Lee Wade, Jr., student at Corcoran High School.  read more...

 ico 04Northern ESL PLC


book1Announcement of the 2015 Urban Education Conference



ico 04High School Age Researchers Gather at GENIUS Olympiad

I Heart Oswego

cultureAlbanian high school student Kejsi Bakiu, center, explains her and colleague Eriona Bytyci's research project, "Biochemical Effect of Caffeine in Plant Growth," to GENIUS Olympiad judge Ginny Stamm, a former adjunct instructor of genetics. read more...


ico 04GENIUS Olympiad Boosts Entries, Adds Business Section

SUNY Oswego

save1GENIUS Olympiad, SUNY Oswego's global high school competition for environmental innovation and advocacy, has drawn 39 percent more entries than last year, and for the first time has invited projects in entrepreneurship and business social responsibility for the June 15-19 event.

Judges chose as finalists 401 of the 1,171 project entries in science, art, creative writing, music, design and business submitted by students from 69 countries and 34 states, according to the competition's director and founder, Fehmi Damkaci of the SUNY Oswego chemistry faculty. read more...


ico 04World Comes to Oswego June 15 for GENIUS Olympiad

The Valley News

www.syracuse.comculture2The fourth annual SUNY Oswego Olympiad high school environmental competition will welcome a record turnout of about 600 students, supervisors and guests from around the world June 15 to 20 to the shores of Lake Ontario.

The Finalists visiting Oswego hail from near--high schools in Oswego and Onondaga counties and 29 states in all--and far--Albania and Azerbaijan, Turkey adn Tanzania, and 46 other countries.

Judges advanced a most-ever 328 projects for the finals each submitted by up to two students among a record-shattering 842 entries. read more...


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