Bridgeport student recognized for science fair project


Bridgeport Regional Aquaculture student Karim Kharbouch won first prize for his project, ‘Optimization of the Cellulose Algae Salt Battery’ at the Science and Engineering Fair.

Bridgeport Regional Aquaculture student Karim Kharbouch earned first place for his project, “Optimization of the Cellulose Algae Salt Battery,” at the 65th annual Science and Engineering Fair at Quinnipiac University that was held on March 16.

Special awards, sponsored by the Energize Connecticut initiative and the eesmarts program, were given to students at the competition in the following categories: Sustainable Resources and Practices for middle school students; Future Sustainability for high school students; and Alternative/Renewable Energy for middle and high school students.

Kharbouch’s project won in the “Future Sustainability” category for high school students.

“It was a privilege to honor the students at the Science and Engineering fair as they show a promising future for our workforce, one that will have the skills necessary to tackle tomorrow’s energy and environmental challenges,” said Alex Kragie, special assistant to the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Commissioner Daniel C. Esty. “Connecticut needs students trained in science, technology, engineering and mathematics to help us to increase energy efficiency, utilize renewable energy sources and remain environmentally-conscious — all of which will help grow our economy and create jobs.”

Kragie was on-hand at the event to present awards to the finalists, along with Bill Herdegen, president and chief operating officer, Connecticut Light & Power and Tony Marone, senior vice president of customer and business services, The United Illuminating Co.  Representatives from CL&P and UI also served as judging chairs and coordinated with approximately 30 judges from the Department of Energy & Environmental Protection, Pratt & Whitney, Capitol Regional Education Council, Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation, Clean Energy Finance & Investment Authority and the Connecticut Business & Industry Association.

These projects highlighted sustainable processes, products and technologies with a goal to protect the environment for future generations.  More than 440 middle and high school students designed and presented science projects during the week-long science fair.

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