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NOV 2018

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LOUISVILLE MAGAZINE 11.18 69 From Left: Anthony Passafiume, 10 Lucy Kaufman, 10 Alex Moss, 11 Maggie Young, 11 Lily Barker, 10, Agnes Boyer, 10 (not pictured) Fourth grade, St. Agnes School This crew of fourth-graders created an energy project that they en- tered into the National Energy Education Development (N.E.E.D.) program, which won the Kentucky and National Elementary Rookie of the Year awards. These researchers collected data on efficient energy use and assessed ways of conserving energy for an on-campus building. They attended the N.E.E.D. energy confer- ence in Washington, D.C. for their work. Tell us more about this project you worked on. Lily: "You can have your lights half on and half off, so you're not using them all at one time. That can save energy. Another way is you can have a green roof. It looks really cool. And it takes in that water so it doesn't go down the gutters." Maggie: "It uses rainwater to water the plants instead of using water from your sink." Lucy: (whispers) "Can I say another reason? You can open your windows and not have your air conditioning on." Tell us about going to D.C. Maggie: "We had a conference and it was about when you moved to Mars — a Mars habitat. And you had to save energy somehow and your lights had to be circuited together, so if one goes out, the others stay on." Anthony: "We worked with kids from all over the country." Maggie: "Another day we had to make some sort of machine that saves energy or does something good for the earth. Our group made a solar-panel phone case. It'd charge your phone if you put it in the sun." Alex: "I think we can all agree that our favorite part of the trip was the trading event. You bring objects and you trade with other people." Maggie: "The group from California brought bottles of sand. I still have mine." Alex: "I brought some goggles. Like jockey goggles. And some horseshoes. My dad has a friend who works at Churchill Downs." Parent: How about going to the Capitol building? Alex: "Mitch McConnell had a cool office with a really good view." Do you have any projects planned for the near future? Alex: "We're thinking of making an actual club open to people. They can learn about energy. Like kids. Like fourth and fifth grade." Do you have a favorite book? "Do Kindle books count? OK, good. There's this book I read recently about a boy who had red eyes from ocular albinism, which is where he had no pigment in his eyes. He was made fun of and he was Catholic, and he was called 'devil boy' and really bad names. It's a story about his life. He actually became an ophthalmologist." What's your dream job? "Tennis player or mathematician or scientist. I recently did an experiment to determine which surface is harder: a locker, your head, the wall or a table." Mom: Sam, stop it. "I hit my head. It went bang. The locker hurt the least." Is that how you got so smart? "Yeah. When you have a brain fart on a test, just go up to a locker — bang. I think I dented the locker. Whoops." Who inspires you? "In science, my dad. In math, my mom. In general, probably Albert Einstein. I want to do what he does. I also just want to prove all the people wrong and think of a theory that fits everything. Like a theory of the universe." What's your theory? "Probably, well, it depends. The mystery of why there's less anti-matter than matter. It's the opposite of matter. Like positrons, have you heard of those? It's basically anti-matter. When matter and anti-matter collide, they explode. They go boom boom. My theory is that in the universe, for some reason, there's less matter than anti-matter, so my theory is that on one side of the universe that we haven't explored yet, there's a ton of anti-matter, but not where we are." Samuel Gurevich Age 11, fifth grade, Montessori School of Louisville This tennis champ and self-described "bookworm" is ranked first in Kentucky and second in the Southern region (nine states) for his age division. When not on the court, you'll find him playing his guitar, reading, programming Lego Mindstorm robots or doing something science-y. He jokes he likes to sleep in as late as possible.

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