Regina Mundi College of Ireland was named some weeks ago as one of six student teams from abroad that would compete as finalists alongside four from the U.S. in the in the Center for Science, Teaching & Learning 2018 Spellman High Voltage Clean Tech Competition.
It was announced on July 12 that the Cork high school had placed third of the 10 finalists and highest of the overseas teams.
The competition was focused this year on the need to solve global climate and environmental challenges through scientific methodology and innovative thinking among high-school age students.
Elise Ireland of Regina Mundi College Team is pictured second from left at Brook University in Stony Brook, New York, where she received a prize of $5,000 for the concept of using rain water in downspouts to produce electricity.
The others pictured, from left, are Dr. Ray Ann Havasy, Director of The Center for Science Teaching & Learning, first-place winners Danielle Kelly of Woodbury from Friends Academy and Audrey Shine of Plainview representing the Plainview Old Bethpage JFK-High School Team, second-place winner Benjamin Liao of Palo Alto, CA representing the Henry M. Gunn High School Team of Palo Alto, Calif., and Dr. Loren Skeist, President of Spellman High Voltage Electronics.