Home of Heroes 

    Fort Polk

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  • Robert Rose and Austin Young, juniors in the 2013-14 school year, came together to create a project which earned the honor of competing at this year’s ISEF.

  • The project is designed to remove harmful gasses from the atmosphere and turn them into renewable sources of energy. The project has taken a lot of work and collaboration between the two students, their teacher, and a little assistance from McNeese State University professors. The final product is both impressive and advanced for the students’ education level. Rose explains how the product works:


    After 25 years of total service, Lieutenant Colonel Ed Williams retired from the US Army in 2011. His career concluded at Fort Polk as the Chief of Staff of JRTC and Ft. Polk and the Installation Command Inspector General.  He is currently employed by Cubic Applications as an instructor at the Joint Readiness Training Center’s Leader Training Program. He is currently the Chairman for the Military Affairs Committee for the Greater Vernon Parish Chamber of Commerce a life member of the Association of the United States Army (AUSA), the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), and the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) and has received numerous awards and decorations, including the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, and five Meritorious Service Medals.


  • Although the students did not place at this year’s ISEF, their experience has fulfilled the goal of inspiring learning and creativity in the areas of STEM. Rose and Young are dedicated to continued research and development of their current project to better prepare and present for another invitation to the 2015 ISEF.