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Science and Engineering Fair Teams finds continued success

On Friday and Saturday, February 6th and 7th, six Marvin Ridge students competed in the regional Intel Science and Engineering Fair. Taking place on the University of North Carolina at Charlotte campus, the fair was attended by over 200 students of elementary, middle, and high school grades, all competing for the chance to compete again.

The competition asks students to develop a paper about some topic of original research and to present their findings orally next to a trifold poster they create to a set of three main judges and several “special awards” judges. Our students performed very well, earning first and second place awards.

Led by Mr. Steven Wilson and Mr. Luke Abercrombie, they earned some of the most prestigious awards in contest. Ben Sagmoe conducted his research on using rigid origami to create mobile disaster shelters, which brought him second place in the Engineering and Technology category and allows him to advance to the state finals at Meredith College.

Prakash Mishra and Rahi Patel conducted research on the development of a new type of material which would allow solar cells to work in the rain or as solar roadways, earning them both a commendation from the American Chemical Society and the first place in the Engineering and Technology Category, allowing them to advance to states. The icing on the cake, Aniket Palkar, teaming up with a student from Ardrey Kell, will advance to the International Intel Science and Engineering Fair for an all-expenses paid trip to Pittsburgh in May for his work with a protein for vaccinations against potential bioterror attacks. Prakash, Rahi, and Ben will compete for one of ten such bids at the state tournament.

Prakash Mishra, Rahi Patel, and Ben Sagmoe competed yet again on February 20 in the North Carolina Student Academy of Sciences. Both took first place in their respective categories; Prakash and Rahi in Advanced Engineering and Technology, and Ben in Engineering and Technology. They advance to the state fair in March held at NCSSM to earn a trip to the American Junior Academy of the Sciences conference in Washington, DC.

Written by: Prakash Mishra, Student
Posted: Mar 01, 2015 by Lisa Justice

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