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04-17-2008

Clarkson Students Win Top Prize for Energy Game Display at Energy Expo

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Clarkson University graduate students Nate S. Barlow and Mathew D. Ingraham were awarded first place in the college division of this month's Jefferson County Energy Smart Expo competition in Watertown, N.Y. The expo was organized by WPBS television and sponsored by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). EnergyExpo 2008

Barlow and Ingraham, who are both funded through projects run through Clarkson's Office of Educational Partnerships, presented a poster and display titled "Saving Energy through Education - the Energy Choices Game." They helped to develop the game and have been using it as a teaching tool in eighth-grade classrooms through Clarkson's National Science Foundation-funded K-12 Project-Based Learning Partnership Program.

The board game was developed to increase children's awareness of the issues faced from rising energy costs and potentially dwindling supplies. It empowers them to save their game dollars by making wise energy choices as they progress through the game.

The team was advised by Jan DeWaters, Environmental Science and Engineering Ph.D. candidate, and Susan Powers, associate dean of engineering.

CDs containing the files needed to make an Energy Choices board game are available to educators free of charge through Clarkson's Office of Educational Partnerships. Contact Diane Brouwer at brouwerd@clarkson.edu or 315-268-3791.

Clarkson University crosses the boundaries of disciplines, nations and cultures in order for discovery, engineering innovation and enterprise to come together. As a result, faculty and graduates grasp the full impact of their calling, direct their research to the world's pressing issues and lead with confidence and distinction. One in seven alumni is already a CEO or other senior executive. Located in Potsdam, N.Y., just outside the six-million-acre Adirondack Park, Clarkson is home to 3,000 students preparing for rewarding careers through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, science, and health sciences, as well as unparalleled outdoor recreation and life experiences beyond the classroom.

Photo caption: Clarkson University Graduate Students Mathew Ingraham (left) and Nate Barlow were awarded first place in the college division of this month's Energy Smart Expo competition in Watertown, N.Y.

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

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