Drew French attended the GENIUS Olympiad in Oswego, New York on June 14-19. He will enter 10th grade this year and is the son of Katie and Brian French. GENIUS Olympiad is an international high school project competition about environmental issues. It is founded and organized by the Terra Science and Education and hosted by the State University of New York at Oswego. GENIUS Olympiad 2015 hosted projects in five general disciplines with an environmental focus: Science, Writing, Business, Design and Visual and Performing Arts. 720 students from 65 countries and 40 states were accepted into this competition.
French was nominated to attend GENIUS Olympiad after he placed first in the Regional Science Fair for his project on thermoelectricity. Thermoelectricity is electricity produced by maintaining a temperature difference at the point where two different materials come into contact. French described the competition as a social event for the students to get to know each other and learn about different cultures while competing against each other. For his project, French received an honorable mention and he said the judging was his favorite part of the experience. He said the judges actually listened to what he had to say and even gave him advice on how to improve for next year. “It was amazing to get in and to participate,” said French about GENIUS Olympiad.
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1. Photo Submitted. Drew French proudly stands in front of the GENIUS Olympiad sign when he attended the competition on June 14-19 for his project on thermoelectricity.