GENIUS among us?

By Denise Coffey - Staff Writer
Bozrah - posted Tue., Mar. 29, 2011
Norwich Free Academy student Ian Dakers. Contributed photo. - Contributed Photo

Norwich Free Academy student Ian Dakers of Bozrah won awards in four categories at the Connecticut Science Fair on March 19. His project, “Impact of Turbine Design on Renewable Energy Storage System Efficiency,” won a Connecticut Energy Efficiency Fund Future Sustainability Award, a Goodrich ISR Award for Excellence in Engineering, and a United Technologies Award. He also won the Dominion’s Millstone Power Station Physical Sciences Award. For the first time in the Connecticut Science Fair history, several top winners will receive an expense-paid trip to the GENIUS Olympiad. Dakers will be one of them.

The Genius Environmental Issues – US (GENIUS) completion is an international high school science competition that focuses on global environmental issues. Coordinated by SUNY-Oswego and the Terra Science and Education Foundation, the competition brings together high school students from around the world. It will be held on the SUNY campus in Oswego, NY in June.

Dakers’ project advisor is Robert Johnson, head of the science department at Norwich Free Academy. Johnson said that Dakers came up the idea for the project last year. “He’s been interested in renewable energy for the last couple of years and he’s read plenty of articles,” Johnson said. “He came up with the idea. He’s very self-motivated. He sets up a time line to get things done and he sticks to it.”

“There are already renewable storage systems in place,” Dakers said. “Hopefully this can help improve the efficiencies of some of them.”

Dakers’ father will be accompanying him on the trip to the GENIUS Olympiad.

When Governor Dannel Malloy addressed the science fair award recipients he told them they were capable of great things. “They are already working toward solutions to the great questions the world must solve in the next generation,” he told the audience. He was the first governor in 63 years to visit the annual science fair.


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