2022 Conference

This year’s conference was sponsored by:

On Tuesday, May 24th, NY Sun Works hosted our 11th Annual Discovering Sustainability Science Youth Conference! Students presented their independent science and environmental research projects as their peers from our 190 partner schools come together virtually to celebrate their scientific achievements. This event brought together 1st-12th grade students, educators, scientists, and innovators to explore the interaction between human behavior, the use of technology, and the impacts on the environment. See program details below!

A very special thank you to all the schools who participated in this year’s conference:

P721K – Brooklyn Occupational Training Center • PS 219 Kennedy-King Elementary • Edward R. Murrow High School • IAM High School • St. Saviour High School • PS 333 The Manhattan School for Children • Rachel Carson High School for Coastal Studies • PS84 Jose de Diego • 75 Morton • West End Secondary School • MS 890 • PS K004


Youth Conference Program Lineup

Segment 1: Student investigations about how plants grow and what impacts plant growth and development over time

Can plants in our Greenhouse Classroom Grow without Nutrients? – PS 219 Kennedy-King Elementary
PAR mapping the NFT for Optimal Growth – High School for Innovation in Advertising and Media
The Effects of Tilapia Diet on Plant Growth – Edward R. Murrow High School
Olive Oil & Black Eyed Peas: Friend or Foe? – St. Saviour High School
How Does Ocean Acidity Affect Plants? – PS 333 Manhattan School for Children
Does Mosquito Repellent Harm Plants? – St. Saviour High School
Can the Lettuce Plant Grow Without Light For a Long Period? – PS 219 Kennedy-King Elementary
The Future of Energy in New York State – Kedaar Raman, New York Power Authority

Segment 2: Student projects about taking action and having  a positive impact on the environment in their homes, at schools, and in their communities

Bottled Water: Is it Worth It? – MS 890
A Greasy Situation: The Effect of Marine Oil on Plants – St. Saviour High School
The Lean, Green Energy Machine – PS 333 Manhattan School for Children
The Effectiveness of Different Types of Absorbents on Oil Collection – Edward R. Murrow High School
Let’s Build, So Hands On, Recycle With A Purpose! – PS K004
High Tide Harvest: Student Run Organic Farm in a Coastal Community – Edward R. Murrow High School
Water You Doing With Pollution? – St. Saviour High School
Building Sustainable Cities – Tinia Pina, Re-Nuble

Segment 3: Student innovations designed for the future of farming. Students will share the creative hydroponic systems that they designed, built, and grew crops from both in their classrooms and at home

Making My Own Passive Hydroponic Kit – PS 84 Jose de Diego
Do’s and Dont’s of Hydroponics – West End Secondary School
Learn at School and Grow at Home! – PS K721 Brooklyn Occupational Training Center
Hydroponic Design Challenge – 75 Morton
Seed to Plate – West End  Secondary School
I Believe Every School Should Have A Greenhouse Classroom! – PS 219 Kennedy-King Elementary

Honorable Mentions:

Hitchiker’s Guide to Hydroponics – West End Secondary School
The Effect of Refined & Unrefined Cocos Nucifera on Ocimum Basilicum – St. Saviour High School
The Effect of Sodium Hypochlorite on Basil Plants – St. Saviour High School
The Effect of Wood Ash on Basil – St. Saviour High School
Microplastics: Is there a basic solution? – St. Saviour High School