Did you know that high school students and teachers are making some great discoveries in the fields of science and tech research?
Relativity is Worth $400K
Ryan Chester, an 18-year-old from North Royalton High School in Ohio, won $400,000 from the inaugural Breakthrough Junior Challenge for a science video he created that explained Albert Einstein's Special Theory of Relativity and the bizarre property of time dilation.
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Hip-Hop Infused Science
Dr. Christopher Emdin, an associate professor at Columbia University's Teachers College and New York Times bestselling author, founded Science Genius, a program for 14 to 18-year-olds in NYC's public schools that allows students to engage with science via hip-hop and rap music.
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Brain Damage Fix
Indrani Das, a 17-year-old from Oradell, New Jersey, won the top award of $250,000 at the Regeneron Science Talent Search for her study of a new approach to treating the death of neurons due to brain damage or neurodegenerative disease.
Steve Udotong, a 16-year-old junior at Cinnaminson High School in New Jersey, is building a nuclear fusor in his basement. By the end of summer, Udotong will be able to drive hydrogen atoms together inside the steel orb by fusing them into helium and then producing small amounts of energy. This process is know as fusion, a very small-scale version of the process that takes place in the sun.
Read more about it here.
ISWEEP touches down in Houston
ISWEEP is the world’s largest science fair focused on renewable resources. The International Sustainable World (Engineering Energy Environment) Project olympiad draws hundreds of the brightest STEM-focused students in the world together each year to compete in a fun and collaborative environment.
ISWEEP gives out more than $100,000 in awards and scholarships to student scientists from approximately 60 countries, including the United States. The students compete with projects exploring topics such as renewable energy, sustainable development and medical breakthroughs.
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