Expo fuels minds of science scholars

Zachery Mueller, left, and Isaiah Simon, representing the John McConnell Math and Science Center, demonstrate fluid dynamics as they produce smoke rings from water vapor at the Energy Forum and Expo at Two Rivers Convention Center.

Meeting with author Robert Bryce as part of participating in the Energy Expo and Forum on Friday underscored the importance of natural gas and similar fuels, two Central High School students said.

“It was eye-opening,” said Devon Edwards, a junior who attended the event as part of the John McConnell Math and Science Center’s Energy, Science and Policy Program. “I never looked at it like that.”

Bryce stresses the importance of energy-dense fuel such as petroleum products and nuclear fuels for future energy needs.

Edwards, Isaiah Simon and other STEM — Science, Technology and Math — students from around the Grand Valley manned a booth at the expo and met with several presenters at the event.

Edwards and Simon said they entered the program with a favorable view of fossil fuels.

“I had a pretty good idea of how everything worked,” Simon said, noting that his experience underscored the continuing need for those fuels.


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