Dear Parents, Students and Staff:
APS is proud to announce that the AHS innovation lab was awarded a gold medal at the 37th annual Beijing Youth Science Creation Competition at the University of the Chinese Academy of Science, in Beijing China, on Sunday 3/25, for their research and development on a food computer, aka the Smart Garden.
Under the leadership of Shelagh St. Laurent, AHS Digital Learning Specialist and Steve Chinosi, APS Director of Strategic Innovation, the team traveled to China for a week of competition and cultural exchanges.
Along with 300 teams participating in the 3 day competition, the AHS iLab presented the Smart Garden, a computer controlled hydroponic greenhouse. While over 20 students worked on the development of the smart garden over three semesters, only 3 students were allowed to travel to China to represent the district and project. Jamie Rodrigues is the project’s biological/chemical expert, Andrew Imrie served as the project’s electrical and structural engineer, and Corey Koslovski was the project manager and computer programming lead. The AHS Smart Garden project is a spinoff of the MIT media lab’s Open Agriculture Food of the Future project.
Students spent a full day presenting their work to a panel of international judges. The competition was then open to the general public for review and comments.
The week-long trip to China was sponsored by the Beijing Academy of Science and Technology, Andover Coalition for Education, SciTechEdu, and Andover Public Schools.
Students also spent time visiting Beijing high schools and had enough time to tour the Forbidden City and the Great Wall.