Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Seventh-and eighth-grade students from the Lemont-based program will present green business plans this week to a caucus on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education.
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Students participating in Project Infinite Green—the Lemont-based after-school program designed to promote Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education—traveled to Washington D.C. on Wednesday to present have been invited to present their green business plans to the STEM Education Caucus in Washington, D.C this week. Seventh- and eighth-grade student members of Project Infinite Green created business plans with a focus on reliability, sustainability and affordability after study and research conducted througout the 2011-12 school year. The Project Infinite Green presentation will be held on Thursday, May 17, from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m., in the Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2253, Independence Avenue and South …
Tuesday, May 1, 2012
The national laboratory recently installed an underground geothermal heating and cooling system to control temperatures in its visitors center.
Six hundred feet below the visitor center at Argonne National Laboratory winds a series of U-shaped pipes. A mixture of water and glycol courses through the channels, absorbing the earth’s temperature—a relatively steady 55 degrees—and bringing it to the surface. The network of pipes is part of a new geothermal system that exploits the constantly renewable resource of the earth’s natural temperature to heat the visitor center in winter and cool it in the summer. “It just makes sense,” said engineer and project manager Damian Dockery. “The ground is relatively infinite in size. We’re always going to have that potential energy there. We’re not going to change the temperature of that much mass.” Geothermal temperature control works by …
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Lemont High School students won four events on their way to capturing the South Suburban Conference Science Festival title earlier this spring.
Lemont High School students won four event titles at the 2012 South Suburban Conference Science Festival earlier this spring—resulting in an overall team championship. All but one conference school participated in the SSC Science Festival, which was hosted by Lemont and included competitions in 14 events. Lemont captured the team title by totaling 18 points, outscoring runner-up Oak Forest (15 points) and third-place T.F. South (11). Senior Sahil Rana was the top performer for Lemont, capturing the title in the "Mousetrap Car" category for the second straight year. He also teamed with junior Justin Stanwyck to win the "Electromagnetic Race" competition. Seniors Aaron Danks ("Geology/Meteorology Exam") and Colin Konicki ("AP Biology Exam…
Friday, February 24, 2012
Middle-school girls from around Chicago visited Argonne Thursday for the 11th annual Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day.
The scientist asked the girls, what’s the term for when a solid turns directly into a gas? “You thought, ‘Ohhhh, never thought I’d use that again,’” climate researcher Doug Sisterson said. But the concept, just like so many aspects of math and science, is a part of everyday life. (For the record, the solid-to-gas transformation is called sublimation.) Just as science is intertwined with all aspects of daily life, Argonne National Laboratory is committed to teaching young women that careers in engineering aren’t as vague and unattainable as they might think. Middle school girls from around the Chicago area visited the lab Thursday to learn just how realistic such careers are during the 11th annual Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day. “We …
Friday, February 10, 2012
Rachel Karpiesiuk, 16, will join 250 students from all over the country to study environmental science and conservation at George Mason University's 2012 Youth Summit on the Environment.
Lemont High School junior Rachel Karpiesiuk will take her love of science to Washington D.C. this summer for George Mason University's 2012 Youth Summit on the Environment. Karpiesiuk, 16, was one of just 250 students across the country chosen as National Youth Delegates to the summit, scheduled for June 24-29. The program provides rising juniors and seniors the opportunity to participate in educational programs in environmental science and conservation at GMU's state-of-the-art campus in Fairfax, VA. Students will be taught by prominent researchers and environmental professionals, and will attend events at the Smithsonian National Zoo, National Geographic and the U.S. Capitol. "It's a really amazing opportunity for me to learn from …
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
A kick-off event at Lemont High School on Tuesday was attended by Rep. Jim Durkin (R-Western Springs), Lemont Mayor Brian Reaves, and representatives from the Dept. of Energy, Argonne and CITGO.
A new non-profit that will teach seventh-and eighth-grade students about green technologies launched its after-school pilot program Tuesday at Lemont High School. State Rep. Jim Durkin (R-Western Springs), Lemont Mayor Brian Reaves, and representatives from the U.S. Department of Energy, CITGO, Argonne and Lemont High School were all on hand to celebrate the kickoff of Project Infinite Green, a new initiative that will give 18 students the opportunity to participate in field studies, research projects and think tanks related to environmental sustainability. The program was initiated by Lemont resident Catherine Greenspon, who has recruited a long list of sponsors that includes the Durkin, the Department of Energy, Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn, …
Tuesday, October 4, 2011
If families can't afford burial, bodies will be donated for medical research.
Tuesday, October 4, 2011
Bodies left for more than two weeks at the Cook County Medical Examiner's office will be donated to medical research if the families can't afford a burial, according to a Sun-Times Media report. According to the chief medical examiner Dr. Nancy Jones, the policy is "effective immediately." Under the new policy, the medical examiner's office is obligated to notify the family that the remains will be released to the Anatomic Gift Assocation within two weeks of the body having being received at the morgue. The county will, however, bury bodies if they are decomposed, infected with the AIDS virus as well as bodies that weigh more than 300 pounds.
Friday, September 23, 2011
Project Infinite Green will educate seventh-and eighth-graders about renewable energy and green technology.
A new nonprofit program will give seventh-and eighth-grade students in Lemont’s public and private schools the opportunity to learn about sustainable energy sources from some of the area’s leading authorities in their fields. At a special kick-off event next month, Project Infinite Green will launch an after-school pilot program at Lemont High School that will give fifteen students the opportunity to participate in field studies, research projects and think tanks related to environmental sustainability. The program was initiated by Lemont resident Catherine Greenspon, who has recruited a long list of sponsors that includes the U.S. Department of Energy, Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn, Sen. Christine Radogno (R-Lemont), Rep. Jim Durkin (R-Western…