Loudoun Student Environmental Action Showcase (SEAS)

Inaugural Loudoun Student Environmental Action Showcase

The inaugural Loudoun Student Environmental Action Showcase (SEAS) will be held on Tuesday, March 26, 2019, from 5-8 p.m. at Heritage High School in Leesburg, Virginia. The event is co-hosted by Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS), the Loudoun Environmental Stewardship Alliance (LESA), and the Northwest Virginia Regional GREENetwork.

The purpose of Loudoun SEAS is to amplify youth voice in environmental problem solving by showcasing to a real-world audience how students have meaningfully contributed to environmental stewardship in Loudoun County.

Celebrate environmental stewardship by students in Loudoun at our first-ever showcase.

The highlight of the event will be the 30+ student-created exhibitions of environmentally themed projects and ongoing activities. Find out how young people are reducing waste, conserving energy, improving water quality, preserving habitat, and solving eco-challenges.

Our 15 participating community groups will provide hands-on Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math (STEAM) activities and discuss volunteer and career opportunities. Come explore!

Keynote Speakers

Grace Maloney is a junior at Freedom High School and attended the Academy of Engineering and Technology for two years. As part of a team, Grace worked to develop a biodegradable planter pot made of biosolids. Entering the Loudoun County Regional Science Fair, she and a partner won several awards from various environmental groups, including the Junior Stockholm Water Prize. She is a co-owner of Grow Greenly, which won first place and a $10,000 grant in the IncubatorEdu National Pitch competition in Chicago, Illinois. She is president of her school’s Environmental Club and has been a keynote speaker for several entrepreneurship and innovation workshops for high school girls at the United States Patent and Trade Office, encouraging girls to pursue STEM, invention-focused education and entrepreneurship. She has been involved with DECA for the past three years and is currently serving as Vice-President of her school’s chapter. Grace is Captain of the cross-country team and runs indoor and outdoor track. She has completed summer internship programs with the Naval Research Laboratory and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute – Janelia Research Center. Grace is also a co-inventor and patent holder for a life vest, the “Floodie”.

Bryce Hilliard is an eighth grade student at Farmwell Station Middle School in Ashburn, VA.  Bryce has been fascinated with space science for as long as he can remember and is a huge space enthusiast.  Bryce has been a participant in the Tomatosphere program in which he learned about plant research on the Space Station and planted his own set of space-flown seeds.  In addition, Bryce is the founder of the nonprofit Space Dreamers, which seeks to improve space science education for all students.  One of the projects that space dreamers has accomplished is the virtual “transformation” of six school cafeterias into Space Stations.  The project includes an International Space station (ISS) ISS-Above unit that flashes brightly when the ISS is passing over a school, and a 6-foot screen showing current information and live video from the Space Station.  Bryce’s research and work includes:  helping school libraries order more space-related books, helping an elementary school design a new STEM Lab, and introducing gym teachers to NASA’s Train Like an Astronaut activities.  Bryce’s motto is: “Space science for every student every day!”