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South Plantation High teacher gets statewide environmental award

South Plantation High School’s Allan Phipps learned that he is the recipient of the Governor’s Serve to Preserve: Green Award. Phipps is an advanced placement environmental science and senior research teacher. The awards recognize efforts in creating healthy, efficient and productive places for learning. The announcement was made by Florida Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Michael W. Sole during an awards program in Tampa.

Five winners were selected in five categories from across the state. Phipps received the honor in the teacher category. Among the finalists in the class category was Pamela Krauss’ botany class. Krauss is also a teacher at South Plantation High, which has an Environmental Science and Everglades Restoration magnet program.  Winners receive $1,500 in cash and finialists, $500.

Through his Solar & Alternative Energies project, Phipps has led his students to create two solar race cars that have competed at national levels. The car built last year, Solar Knight II, won first place at the National Dell Winston Solar Car Challenge, held at the Texas Motor Speedway. Phipps and his students have participated in more than 40 events in the past three years to reach out to people in the community about alternative energies.

With Phipps’ guidance, the South Plantation High School team won the 2008-09 Lexus Environmental Challenge. The purpose of the competition, which is open to teams of middle and high school students across the U.S., is to encourage students to get involved in projects that help the environment. South Plantation’s team, the EcoGeeks received $50,000 in scholarships by successfully completing three themed challenges in the areas of land, water and air/climate and a final challenge.

Phipps is also a finalist for National Math & Science Teacher of the Year.

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Posted by Andrea Freygang on Oct 8 2009. Filed under Broward County, Environmental, Local news, Plantation, Schools. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

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