University of Vermont

College of
Engineering and Mathematical Sciences

Students To Attend 2010 IESO Indonesia

Release Date: 07-19-2010

Author: Dawn Marie Densmore
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Eight students who participated in the UVM/GIV Engineering Institute held June 26 to July 3, 2010 at UVM have been selected to represent the United States at the 2010 Fourth International Earth Science Olympiad (IESO) to be held September 19 to 28, 2010 at the Gadjah Mada University in Yogyakarta, Indonesia.  They are: Chapin Bryce (Cambridge, VT), Josh Crane (Montpelier, VT), Alexis Grant (Framingham, MA), Hunter Grosvenor, (Stowe, VT), Cody Johansen, III (Tallahassee, FL), Connor Meehan, (Stowe, VT), Sarah Roberts (Oldfort, TN), Nick Shallow (Richmond, VT).

During the 2010 UVM/GIV Institute a total of 87 high school students (alpha listing below of in-state, out-of-state and one student from Amenia) experienced hands-on engineering projects, tours, and presentations by professors, computer scientists, and mathematicians, and competed to attend the IESO Conference.  The focus of the IESO is on sustainability issues such as climate change.  Chaperoned by Tom and Beth Tailer from Essex, VT, co-directors of the UVM/GIV Engineering Institute, the learning will continue for the eight IESO students who will work with international students on the world's environmental problems in Indonesia.  Students from 2009 who represented the U.S. from the UVM/GIV Engineering Institute at the IESO, served as 2010 project assistants: Joseph Ricci, Arlington, MA; Benjamin Chapman, Ticonderoga, NY; and Courtney Devoid, Bristol, VT.  Katie Mimms, a 2008 IESO bronze medal winner from Bow, NH, also returned as a project assistant. Engineering Projects During the UVM/GIV Engineering Institute, students worked together to design and create prototype devices in five different engineering project categories. The Renewable/Sustainable Energy Project students examined the power and impact of wind and biomass. Robotics students programmed robots with artificial intelligence to perform specific tasks. Aerospace Engineering Project students created prototype aeronautical devices using parachutes, small balloons, and helicopter principles.  Engineering Design Challenge Project students used Vermont Teddy Bears to design a Teddy Bear launcher toy for children.  Earth Science Project students worked on possible solutions for storing hazardous waste products. Students exhibited project prototypes and gave presentations to a panel of judges at the University Mall on Saturday, July 3 at the University Mall on Dorset Street, South Burlington, VT.  On July 3rd, awards were given to students for projects as well as written Technocratic Oaths that reflected their life purpose, and for Poetry that reflected their experience in the UVM/GIV Engineering Institute.  (Recognition awards are listed below). Governor's Institutes of Vermont (GIV)

Governor’s Institutes of Vermont (GIV) The Engineering Institute is one of seven Governor’s Institute of Vermont offered in Vermont. GIV also offers Institutes on: Asian Cultures, Arts, Current Issues & Youth Activism, Information Technology, Science & Technology, and Mathematics. For more information visit:

Major Contributors: NASA Vermont Space Grant Consortium, UVM College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences, and NSF MUSE Grant Scholarship, P.I. Jeff Frolik.

Other Institute Contributors: Hannaford's Food & Drug Superstore, Shaw's Supermarkets and the South Burlington University Mall.