In early April, seventh grade students Brooke Altneu and Elodie Nix represented John Jay Middle School at the 10th Annual Lower Hudson Valley Engineering Expo held at White Plains High School. The hands-on learning event teaches attendees about engineering and its impact on their lives. The JJMS team was among many competing from middle schools throughout Westchester and Rockland Counties. This year’s theme was entitled “Off the Power Grid.” Participants were to present a method which would power five kitchen appliances in a home that was not connected to a power grid.
Brooke and Elodie, who were awarded 8th place, promoted and argued for the use of Biofuels, such as leftover grease and butter candles, as a sustainable means of power. The team conducted extensive research and created a magnificent poster illustrating their findings. “The interest in Biofuels is growing every day,” Brooke explained.
While both Brooke and Elodie are excellent students, they also pursue activities outside of the academic realm. Brooke is one of three seventh grade students participating on the modified softball team. She also pitches and plays second base on a tournament softball team and plays the violin. Elodie has been awarded the Scholastic Art and Writing Gold Key Regional and National Awards for students in grades 7-12 in the short story genre. She was recently notified that she has won the prestigious Gedenk Award, as well. Her other interests include diving and the piano. Elodie is a member of Math Counts and Writopia Lab and she’s enrolled in on-line courses through Gotham Writers. Elodie hopes to study journalism or medicine.
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