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District Five Graduate participates in National Science Conference

Irmo High School graduate and University of South Carolina freshman, Hayden Spencer, recently traveled to Austin, Texas to participate in the National Association of Academies of Science (NAAS) and American Junior Academy of Science (AJAS) annual conference. During his time in District Five, Hayden attended the Center for Advanced Technical Studies for three years and conducted high school research as part of the Clean Energy Technology program. His project, "Mitigating the Heat Island Effect by Utilizing Cool Roofing," was presented to other students, teachers, and scientists from more than 26 different states at the conference on February 15-19, 2018 held in Austin, Texas. 


Clean Energy Technology Instructor, Patrick Smallwood, accompanied the student and stated: "this was such a great opportunity for Hayden to share his research progress and network with individuals from the scientific and engineering community." Students attending the event were treated to presentations from renowned career scientists, such as two-time NASA space explorer Ellen Ochoa. At the event Hayden was inducted as a lifetime fellow in the American Junior Academy of Science by Lee A. Brogie, AJAS Director. 


Hayden Presenting Research Poster

Hayden Participating in Roundtable Discussion