Names may have been taken, as well.
As if you all needed any more proof that chicks can do science just as well as dudes, the Sciencewomen blog is reporting that 17-year old women swept the top prizes at the International Science and Engineering Fair yesterday. Rock on, ladies! Details after the jump.
Three talented, hard working, and lucky students are the recipients of the Intel Foundation Young Scientist Award, which includes a $50,000 college scholarship. This year’s winners are:
* Efficient Hydrogen Production Using Cu-Zn-Al Catalysts Prepared by Homogeneous Precipitation Method by Yi-Han Su, 17 from Taipei Municipal First Girls’ Senior High School in Taipei. (A girl! From Taiwan! And I happened to pick up her abstract and take a picture of her board! (I’ll have the pic and highlights from the abstract later this afternoon)
* Development of Biosensors for Detecting Hazardous Chemicals by Natalie Saranga Omattage, 17, from The Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science in Columbus. (Another girl!)
* Computation of the Alexander-Conway Polynomial on the Chord Diagrams of Singular Knots by
Sana Raoof, 17 of Jericho High School in Jericho, New York. (Another girl! It’s a sweep!
That’s pretty damned awesome. My own science fair projects were unambitious on their own, let alone compared to those hardcore winners. The only one I really remember was a study of whether or not video games improve reaction time. I think it was inconclusive but honestly I can’t even remember.
So what was your favorite high school science fair project? And if you had to do a project today, complete with that tri-fold cardboard thing, what would you do?
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