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Tech to host one of the South's largest Earth Day celebrations

A look around the happenings on the campus of the Georgia Institute of Technology

students will be taking final exams later this month as it continues to be a busy spring on campus.

And certainly it will be Friday with the school’s 15th annual Earth Day Celebration, one of the largest in the southeast. Thousands of people will converge on Tech Walk for the 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. event, which will feature 70 exhibitors, live music, free organic popcorn and recycling activities.

The goal of Georgia Tech's Earth Day Celebration is to focus attention on the environment and increase people's awareness of the world around them. The event is free and open to the public and see here for more information.

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Of course, it’s not cheap to attend to Tech, and more than 500 students recently received the Tech Promise, a program since 1997 that has been assisting students of families who earn less than $33,300 a year. Read more about it here.

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Here’s a cool video on Tech researchers who are closing in on creating the world’s first nuclear clock! And you thought the atomic clock was the only way to go to stay on time?

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Recently, Tech opened its doors to more than 400 middle school and high school students for the third annual Robotics Open House. Georgia Tech masters students and Ph.D. candidates demonstrated more than 20 projects around campus, marking the Institute’s participation in National Robotics Week.

Students saw a variety of projects, including an autonomous race car, robotic submarines and Simon (click here for a video of the day’s events).

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In an age where technology drives the pace of change, many universities are struggling to keep up with high-tech education alternatives. However, instead of ignoring the inevitability of change, how can institutions incorporate these disruptive technologies within the traditional university?

That is the question that Georgia Tech’s Center for 21st Century Universities (C21U) sought to answer with its first annual TechBurst Competition, where students were invited to create short, sharable videos that explain a single concept in an entertaining and compelling way while competing for $5,000 in cash prizes.

C21U announced the winners of the competition during the TechBurst Awards Ceremony on Tuesday. First place went to the video “Constructing the ‘Perfect Cube’ in Biomedical Engineering,” created by Aaron Morris, Rachel Cornelius, Matt Duane and Clair Matthews; second place to “The Physics of Gravitational Pull in Space” submitted by Sarah Lashinksy; third place to “Introduction to Circuits: Resistors, Capacitors and Inductors” submitted by Hunter Scott; and the crowd-sourced winner was “Chemical Combustion” submitted by Erin Lightfoot.

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The Georgia Tech baseball team scored an 8-4 home win over Georgia State on Tuesday to improve to 22-16 on the year. The Jackets, though, are just 6-10 in ACC play heading into this weekend’s three-game set at nationally-ranked North Carolina. The Sunday game versus the Tar Heels will be nationally televised by ESPNU.

Tech plays rival Georgia next Tuesday, April 24, at Turner Field at 7 p.m. and will be seeking to avenge last month’s 7-1 loss in Athens.

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Wednesday marks Tech’s final spring football practice before Friday night’s spring game at Bobby Dodd Stadium. "Friday Night on the Flats" will include a host of fan-friendly activities surrounding the 7:45 p.m. game, which is free to the public. See here for more info on the festivities including a postgame fireworks display presented by Atlantic Station.

- The Georgia Institute of Technology contributed to this report

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