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NYPA Sponsors Tonawanda Middle School Science Fair

Cathy Blood

May 3, 2006


TONAWANDA—The New York Power Authority (NYPA) will sponsor the 20th annual Richard W. Catlin Art/Science/Technology Fair at Tonawanda Middle School on Friday, May 5 from 6 – 8 p.m.

“The New York Power Authority and our middle school have a tremendous partnership that focuses on student achievement in the arts and sciences,” said James Newton, principal of Tonawanda Middle School. “We know how important it is to have students graduating with higher-level thinking skills.  The projects that students complete are absolutely creative and outstanding.  Thanks to the Power Authority, we are able to recognize and reward these students with trophies during the awards ceremony."

Competitions involve all seventh- and eighth-grade students.   Projects in the subject areas of technology, science, art and social studies will be displayed, showcasing the school’s many talented students.

A highlight of the fair will be the technology students’ competitions.   Students design and build C02-powered dragsters that will be judged on the basis of aerodynamic design, style, appearance and speed.  Other technology students will compete in a bridge building competition.  Bridges will be judged on their ability to withstand forces applied.

The Richard W. Catlin science fair is named in honor of the educator who was responsible for its creation 20 years ago.

For additional information please contact Cathy Blood, NYPA, at 716-286-6652, or James Newton, principal, Tonawanda Middle School, at 716-694-7660.

  About NYPA:

■    NYPA uses no tax money or state credit.  It finances its operations through the sale of bonds and revenues earned in large part through sales of electricity.  ■    NYPA is a leader in promoting energy-efficiency, new energy technologies and electric transportation initiatives.  ■    It is the nation’s largest state-owned electric utility, with 18 generating plants in various parts of the state and more than 1,400 circuit-miles of transmission lines

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