Cool Science Art Competition

Two students from the graphic arts department at Old Colony Regional Vocational Technical High School were among winners of the Cool Science Art Competition, sponsored by the University of Massachusetts Lowell and the University of Massachusetts Boston.

The June 2014 winner is Melissa Peets, a junior in graphic arts from Acushnet, whose artwork will be put on display on the outside of a bus in the Lowell Regional Transit Authority system during the month of June. She also received a $100 gift certificate.

The May 2014 honorable mention winner is Aimee Hill, a junior in graphic arts from Mattapoisett, whose artwork will be put on display on the inside of a bus in the LRTA system during the month of May.

“Congratulations to all the graphic students on a job well done,” said Graphics Instructor Erin Murray.

The students were honored at the second annual Cool Science Awards Ceremony and Reception on April 4 at UMass Lowell.

Cool Science is a statewide K-12 student art competition designed to foster learning about climate change. The students were asked to create an artwork depicting climate change, which, in turn, will help educate the public through the Mass. transit system.

“In the fall, Cool Science received over 400 works of art from school districts across Massachusetts. A distinguished and diverse panel selected six winning entries, six runner-ups, and 12 honorable mentions. The 24 artists and their works of art represent the very best of our State’s young people,” the Cool Science team stated in an award memo to Murray.

“Climate change is one of the greatest challenges facing our generation. Using the visual arts as a medium, Cool Science engages teachers, parents, and students in climate change science,” the Cool Science team stated.

The Cool Science team consisted of Dr. David Lustick, UMass Lowell, Dr. Jill Lohmeier, UMass Lowell, and Dr. Robert Chen, UMass Boston.

Additional information on Cool Science may be found on their website

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