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The 4th and 5th Place Award in World Challenge Finland 2018

Out of 35 international university and business entries, the two projects done by Northern Academy students in the A World Bridge (AWB) program were awarded:

  • USGS-NASA Data Visualization: 4th Place, trophy winner and monetary prize
  • United Nations FAO Invasive Species: 5th Place, trophy winner and monetary prize

The World Challenge is an opportunity for students, academia and industry to deliver brilliant innovative solutions that support the mission of the United Nations – especially in the areas of world peace, health, ecology, education and sustainability. The finalist teams get a one-week, all-expense paid trip to Finland for the climax of the Challenge.

World Challenge Finland is organized by Digital Forum Finland and Ultrahack. Partners include Business Finland, ESA Business Incubation Center Finland, Turku Business Region, EIT Digital, Finnish Meteorological Institute, National Land Survey of Finland, Nokia, CGI, Espoo Marketing, Reaktor Space Lab, GISdevio, City of Helsinki, City of Vantaa, Aalto University, Aalto Startup Center, Microsoft, Vaisala, IBM Finland, University of Helsinki, Clarion Helsinki, SSF, Space Nation, FLIC, Halti and Finnair.

Science Students Awarded by NASA and UN

In April 2018, The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) presented a pure crystal trophy for “World Class Performance” to the AWB program at Northern Academy. This is a rare honor only given to programs which are working on real-time NASA projects and providing new data and information which lead directly to solving international-level problems.

Northern Academy students in AWB program also received a certificate of thanks and appreciation from representatives in the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) for utilizing satellite and land-based data of invasive species, including Locusts and Fall Army Worm (FAW), to design and develop a new data acquisition and warning system with the NASA World Wind geospatial 3D platform.

Dance Students Won in International Dance Competition

On Sunday, April 29, 2018, Northern Academy dance students and teachers took part in the International Dance Competition Regional competition in Hamden, Connecticut. This competition has dozens of regional competitions around the country and a national competition every year. The competition is open to all dance forms and is open to both students and professionals. Students are divided based on their dance style, age, and category. Dancers are scored by a panel of judges and are ranked from bronze to platinum.

Every one of Northern Academy’s 8 dances received their highest rating—Platinum—which is only given to dances scoring 282+ out of 300 points. A group dance won the biggest award of the competition – Teen Ultimate Group Champion.

Student Scholarships and Internships

Senior student Anna Yan went from semifinalist to finalist in the 2019 National Merit Scholarship.

Students Trueman Wu, Julia Zhu, and Amy Yin were awarded NASA Internship in summer 2018.

Students Minghui Zhang and Huaqi Zhang were awarded USGS internships in summer 2018.