(Lyndhurst, NJ—June 6, 2012) A panel of judges from the Meadowlands Environment Center has selected High Tech High School/AACT as the First Runner Up of the Diorama Design Contest, announced Dr. Joseph Giammarella, Director of High Tech High School.
The New Jersey Meadowlands Commission sponsored the Diorama Design Contest among seven high schools, including High Tech/AACT, Hudson County Academy of Independent Studies, Bergen County Academies--Hackensack, Bergen County Tech High School--Teterboro, Bergen County Tech High School--Paramus, and Bergen County Technical Schools at Bergenfield High School. Each school had been challenged to design a project concept, "Tap into the Potential of Renewable Energy," to accommodate an approximately 650 square-foot, permanent exhibition, which would be installed in the visitor center at the Meadowlands Environment Center. A total of $145,000 had been allocated for the design of the exhibit, which will open during the 2012-2013 school year.
The High Tech team of AP Environmental Science and Architecture students--Lucia Ferrera, Kristi Ann Sanidad, Oliver McLellan, and Michael Moazampour--chose "Project Element" as its theme. Dr. Angela Cristini, Director of Education for the Meadowlands Environment Center, cited "the 'flow' through the space, choices of materials, and the active choice not to include computers and technology that would easily become outdated" as the team's strengths with regard to its design. The students from these two majors worked collaboratively all year, under the leadership of Mr. Simon and Ms. Yuhas, to develop this concept and ultimately compete at the Meadowlands.