May 04, 2009 12:11 ET

EDUCATION CONNECTION Announces 2009 Connecticut Student Innovation Expo

Connecticut Students Present Innovative Green Technology Today for a Sustainable World Tomorrow

HARTFORD, CT--(Marketwire - May 4, 2009) - On May 9, 2009, more than 1,300 Connecticut middle and high school students will present projects related to sustainable energy/environmental responsibility in information technology, biotechnology, e-commerce, engineering, science research, health careers, and digital media at the 2009 Connecticut Student Innovation Exposition (CT EXPO) at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford. The event is free to the public.

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9 AM: Connecticut Lieutenant Governor Michael Fedele leads the opening ceremony. His welcome is followed by a keynote from Lewis Pugh, polar adventurer, environmental activist, and only person to have swum in every ocean in the world. Pugh will educate the public about climate change as he recounts his below-freezing sea swim at the North Pole and other formidable challenges.

10 AM to 3 PM: Student exhibition booths are open. Teams will share their challenges, solutions, Web sites, original computer games, research, and marketing materials.

11:30 AM to 1:00 PM: The CT Student Film Festival will feature green-themed films produced by high school students.

Throughout the day, students will deliver oral presentations to a panel of business professionals, field experts, and higher education faculty.

Says Michael Mino, "We're preparing a workforce for the 21st century by giving students real-life challenges. That includes developing skills and solutions that promote a sustainable future for our planet."

Mino, Director of The Center for 21st Century Skills @ EDUCATION CONNECTION, and his staff develop and manage technology-rich, project-based courses in conjunction with Connecticut Career Choices (CCC). The CT EXPO is the culminating event for Connecticut middle and high school students engaged in these cutting-edge education programs in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).

Students from the Connecticut Pre-Engineering Program, Connecticut Project Lead the Way, and the Regional Center for Next Generation Manufacturing will also participate throughout the day. The Connecticut Technology Student Association will compete on Friday, May 8, from 10 AM to 2 PM.

Participating CT school districts: 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 promotes 21st century skills, technical education, and careers by creating "blended learning" environments that combine face-to-face classroom learning with online instruction. It is an organizational unit of EDUCATION CONNECTION, a CT regional educational service center.

About Connecticut Career Choices (CCC)

CCC is an initiative funded by the CT Office for Workforce Competitiveness to engage CT middle and high school students in challenging STEM-related courses and experiential learning opportunities.

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