Water Project Entrants In Local Science Fairs To Have Chance for Trip to
Sweden, Competition With World's Best Young Scientists
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., March 5 /PRNewswire/ -- ITT Industries (NYSE: IIN),
announced today that it will be the primary corporate sponsor of the Stockholm
International Junior Water Prize, a two-year-old international competition for
students up to the age of 19. A search is underway for water science nominees
for the U.S., Canada, Mexico and a number of other countries.
The Junior Water Prize was established last year by the Stockholm Water
Foundation to stimulate education and research on water quality by youth.
Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden is the patron of this prize. Though last
year's competition only included Swedish students, this year contestants from
all over the world will complete for the honor.
The Junior Water Prize evolved from the prestigious Stockholm Water Prize.
Some of the world's leading water scientists have been honored with this award
during the past six years as part of the Stockholm Water Festival. Under the
patronage of King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden, the award is known by water
quality professionals worldwide.
ITT Industries, through ITT Fluid Technology Corporation and ITT Flygt,
has long been a participant in the Stockholm Water Festival and a supporter of
global water science.
The North American nominees to the Stockholm Junior Water Prize will be
designated by the Water Environment Federation, with cooperation from the
American Science Teachers Association and Science Service Inc. which runs the
annual International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF).
There are 481 local and state science fairs in North America affiliated
with the ISEF. More than five million students are expected to enter the 15
scientific categories - 14 scientific disciplines and one multi-discipline
category - in these fairs which are sponsored by local organizations. Some
1200 finalists will move up to the ISEF to be held in Louisville, May 10 to
A panel of judges from the WEF membership will select the U.S., Canadian
and Mexican nominees to the International Stockholm Junior Water Prize from
among the ISEF competitors. Criteria are:
-- Contestants must be a junior or senior high school students not older
than 19 years.
-- Entries must be presented by individuals or teams of not more than
-- Entries must be water quality or conservation projects in written form
supported by display material.
-- Projects will be assessed on the basis of creativity, scientific
procedure, subject knowledge and presentation.
A student and his or her teacher will be selected to represent each
country in the event to be held in the Swedish capital in August.
During the Stockholm Water Festival, the nominees for the prize will
display their projects in Stockholm's Galarparken. A judging panel drawn from
the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, the Royal Institute of Technology, the
Swedish Environmental Protection Agency, the Federation of Young Scientists
and from ITT Industries will determine the Prize winner.
The award ceremony will take place at the Vasa Museum in October. The
Stockholm Junior Water Prize of approximately US $4,500 will be shared between
the Prize winner and his or her school.
The Junior Water Prize is administered by the Stockholm Water Foundation.
Founded in 1990 by the City of Stockholm and a number of Swedish Industrial
groups, including ITT Flygt, the Foundation's purpose is to promote efforts to
improve water conservation throughout the world.
Among the finalists in the 1996 Stockholm Junior Water Prize competition
were projects on:
-- The affect of recreational boating on the environment
-- The use of sludge from biological water treatment
-- Creation of a waterpark at the mouth of the Killan River to reduce the
amount of pollutants into the Baltic Sea
-- Monitoring pollution levels of the watershed of a lake with an unusual
variety of biological species
-- Analytical methods for the study of a lake's water quality
-- An ecological study of Andersviken Bay
-- The cleaning of surface runoff water through wetland
-- The well-being of fish in the vicinity of a steel plant
-- The differences between a nutrient poor (oligtropic) and nutrient rich
(eutropic) bodies of water.
As part of its work, the Stockholm Water Foundation conducts a water
science symposium that attracts the leading scientists and engineers involved
with water quality and conservation in the world. The Foundation also makes
an annual international environmental award, The Stockholm Water Prize, of
approximately US $150,000 to an individual or an organization for outstanding
contributions in the field of water conservation.
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manufacturing company, with 1996 sales of $8.4 billion dollars from its three
primary business segments: Automotive, Defense & Electronics, and Fluid
Technology. ITT Automotive is one of the world's largest independent
suppliers of systems and components to automotive manufacturers. ITT Defense &
Electronics is a world leader in the design, manufacture and support of high
technology electronic systems and components for defense and commercial
markets. ITT Fluid Technology is one of the world's leading manufacturers of
products, systems and services for the movement, measurement, and control of
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CONTACT: Tom Martin of ITT Industries, 914-641-2157; or Bjorn von
Euler of ITT Fluid Technology, 201-670-3522