The students proposed several solutions, including space-based solar energy, piezoelectricity plates, photovoltaic paint, nuclear fusion, predictive analytics, carbon-nanotube batteries, and mobile aquatic trees.
Their insights earned them the title of best high school problem-solving team in the world.
All four students participated in the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme at Tates Creek High School.
They were coached by Kristina and Drew Trimble, Greshen Willis, and John Hatfield, with assistance from recent IB graduates and current University of Kentucky students Alex Kowalewski, Gavin Holiday, Kylie Russ, Rachel Dixon, and Richie Simpson.
Newly minted graduates Miles Dunn, Gabe Garcia, Griffin Gensheimer, and Bri Stanley competed against champion teams from more than 40 states and abroad including Australia, Hong Kong, India, South Korea, New Zealand, Portugal, Singapore, Thailand, Turkey, and the United Kingdom.
The teams were asked to consider the future of energy, and specifically the limitations of emerging renewable energy sources using the concept of biomimicry.
In addition to Tates Creek High, a team from Winburn Middle School competed this month in the middle grades division.
Kentucky Academic Championships From Saturday March 16 to Monday March 18, over 2500 Middle Grades and High School students from across the state will converge upon Louisville’s Galt House for the Kentucky Academic Championships, the finals of Kentucky’s prestigious Governor’s Cup academic competition.
Not only that, they had more than twice as many as the next contender (Minnesota).
While not always taking the top spot, the Bluegrass State consistently lands between 2 and 3 schools among the top 10 finalists each year – and it’s not even close!