Students from Constanța find solutions to the 2040 Olympic Games Energy Component Plan

  • Six creative students from “Mircea cel Bătrân” National College in Constanta were declared winners of the of the 2020 Sci-Tech Challenge national stage competition. They will present their idea at “The next generation of STEM talent: from policy to practice” online European conference, taking place on 28th of May 2020.

Six creative students from “Mircea cel Bătrân” National College in Constanta won the national final of the 2020 Sci-Tech Challenge competition, organized by Junior Achievement (“JA”) Romania with the support of ExxonMobil Exploration and Production Romania Limited (“ExxonMobil Romania”). They will present their idea at the “The next generation of STEM talent: from policy to practice” online European conference, marked by the participation of several European Parliament officials and private sector representatives.

Now in its eighth edition in Romania, the competition challenges students to apply science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) concepts to solve real-world problems, as well as to develop their creativity and entrepreneurial skills.

This year, the competition was organized different than it usually is, due to the state of emergency imposed by the pandemic. Through new online applications, digital resources, and a simple and interactive work process, the students were able to improve their IT and online presentation skills and learn how to better collaborate while working remotely.

80 students from Constanta participated in the national final of the competition, where they were challenged to come up with an Energy Component of the winning bid for the 2040 Olympic Games. Assisted by volunteers from ExxonMobil, the teams worked hard throughout the week and proposed solutions based on their city’s population, available energy sources and transportation system, assessing their impact on the environment and ways to minimise it.

The winning team, „TrekTronik”, convinced the jury with a very creative and feasible solution to the challenge. They proposed the city of Munich, Germany, as host city for the 2040 Olympic Games, through the implementation of a plan that considered several key elements (low energy consumption, ensuring an efficient transport system, reducing the impact on the environment and on local commuters, a feasible financial plan). The plan included the installation of photovoltaic panels on the dome of the stadiums, the use of wind energy, as well as the use of piezoelectric plates at the entrance to the stadiums, new wastewater treatment plants, and transmission of the Olympic Games through Hologram broadcasting.

I found out about the Sci-Tech Challenge 2020 contest from my entrepreneurial education teacher, Mrs. Aliss Andreescu. The challenges in the field of STEM always captured my attention, which led me to enroll in this competition. The idea of ​​streamlining transportation for the Olympics seemed pretty easy at first, but then I realized very quickly that there will be a lot of work because there are so many things to consider related, directly and indirectly, to the main theme. Even if it was difficult, I would not have chosen another challenge, because I am a big fan of the Olympic Games and I really liked being able to plan an environmentally friendly sporting event with my teammates. This year we had to work and adapt to the online environment, but I think this had its advantages. I did a lot more research, used a lot of applications and worked for more than a week to plan the 2040 Munich Olympics. For my first participation in the Sci-Tech Challenge, I can say that it was a valuable experience that helped me develop in a short time many skills, such as: creativity and analytical thinking. Participating in this contest is a great success for us!” stated Teodora-Anca Portase, member of the winning team and student at “Mircea cel Bătrân” National College.

The Sci-Tech Challenge aims to encourage students aged 15-18 to consider STEM-oriented careers, and to raise awareness of the importance of STEM skills and how these can be applied in enterprising ways to tackle the challenges of tomorrow.

This year, the national Sci-Tech Challenge competition activities attracted students passionate about science, technology and entrepreneurship from eight high schools in Constanta County. Divided into teams, they interacted and showcased their knowledge, creativity and presentation skills. During the competition, the students were mentored by seven volunteers from ExxonMobil Romania, who offered help and advice on the technical, financial and marketing aspects of their projects.

„Education lays at the foundation of the future, and current trends are projecting innovation and STEM skills to be essential for meeting the energy challenges of the future. Through this program we want to encourage young high school students to develop their STEM skills and stimulate their creativity to find innovative solutions to real life challenges”, said Lavinia Dinu, Communication Specialist for ExxonMobil Romania.

The students from Constanta will present their solutions to the 2040 Olympic Games Energy Component Plan at the “The next generation of STEM talent: from policy to practice” online European conference.

About Junior Achievement România

Junior Achievement (JA) Romania is a non-profit organization focused on implementing JA’s entrepreneurial, economic, financial, career guidance, health and life skills education international programs. JA’s programs are delivered to 40 countries in Europe and over 100 countries around the world. JA Romania reaches more than 250,000 students and 4,248 teachers in 1,831 Romanian public schools annually. The programs are developed in partnership with the Ministry of Education, the educational institutions and with the financial support of the business community.

Web: www.jaromania.org. 

About ExxonMobil Romania

ExxonMobil was the first American oil and gas company to work in Romania, operating from 1903 to 1948 as Standard Oil Co. of New Jersey. We have been present in Romania’s upstream sector since November 2008, when we acquired an interest in the deepwater Neptun Deep block in the Black Sea, and have had an established downstream business since 1992.

Web: https://corporate.exxonmobil.com/locations/romania

 

For more information please contact:

Dorin Călin

Senior Program Manager JA România

Tel.: +40 730 330 883

E-mail: dorin.calin@jaromania.org

Lavinia Dinu

Communication Specialist

Tel.: +40 730 018 214

E-mail: lavinia.dinu@exxonmobil.com