Friday, April 25, 2008
My name is Conor. I like to study environmental issues in the world. I also like studying astronomy, geology, and health problems. In sixth grade, my teacher presented me with a problem based learning project that inspired me to study enviromental issues. I was to find a problem on our planet, and try to fix it. I choose to try to ban leaf blowers in my state of Arizona. After researching the topic heavily, I made a science board listing facts about the damage leaf blowers do to our environment. Did you know that 1 leaf blower releases 17 cars worth of smog in 1 hour? I also made a petition trying ban leaf blowers. 203 people signed my petition. Then, I sent it to gov Janet Napolitano. In the legistation, there was a clean air bill trying to be ratified. What good timing! Janet Napolitano passed the bill, and also banned leaf blowers in it as well. She sent me a copy of the bill and an autographed poster she signed of Arizona! In 7th grade, I won our school's science fair for inventing a pair of gloves that would help carpel tunnel syndrome sufferers type. I also made a flyer about the dangers of UV radiation, and how people could prevent those dangers. Other accomplishments were making a 26 page travel guide which I will post to this website later this year. Next, I plan to make a flyer stating the benefits of using solar energy for homes.