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WVCS student selected for ARC/ORAU Summer Academy

Kasper Heitman, of West Valley, was selected to participate in a week-long Summer Science Academy for middle school students. Nominated by West Valley Central School staff, Heitman is one of two students chosen from New York state.

The Appalachian Regional Commission, in collaboration with ORAU in Oak Ridge, Tenn., presents a one-week, residential, hands-on science academy focusing on math, science and technology for middle school students July 16-21. The ARC/ORAU Summer Science Academy is an opportunity for students to work in collaborative teams with experienced teachers to investigate current technology and alternative energy.

Students work in three specific teams during the one-week academy, with each team comprising of eight to nine students. The team approach provides an opportunity to collaboratively learn about a specific type of energy, see its applications in the commercial and research setting and investigate its applications with a hands-on inquiry-based approach. The group topics include solar energy, wind energy and biofuels. Along with this specific focus, each group will also learn and apply principles related to the trending technology of 3D printing.

Heitman, the son of Cliff and Carla Heitman of West Valley, is a sixth-grade student at WVCS.

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