By Mary Waggoner, Everett Public Schools Director of Communications.
Brooke Parsons and Shruti Parikh, members of Henry M. Jackson’s Research and Engineering Club, received the Advisor’s Favorite Award at the Imagine Tomorrow competition held in Pullman, Washington on Saturday, May 30, 2014.
Their project Designing a Coal Train Cover Using an Electrostatically Charged Air Filter to Prevent Coal Loss was chosen from 185 other projects involving over 600 students from high schools in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Montana as the favorite of science team advisors that attended the competition.
“Imagine Tomorrow is our club’s biggest challenge with the very specialized and limited number of categories of competition and only 21 teams’ total projects gaining recognition, the competition is especially fierce,” said Andy Sevald, Henry M. Jackson’s Science Research and Engineering Club Advisor.
“Shruti and Brooke’s painstaking and meticulous data collection combined with their very astute and sophisticated scaling techniques worked to create a very compelling argument and proved, without a doubt, the need to cover coal trains transiting through Washington. That the other club advisors saw the excellence of their work is particularly gratifying,” said Sevald.