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Marvin Ridge High students win science, engineering awards

Rahi Patel, at left, and Prakash Mishra conducted research on the development of a new type of material which would allow solar cells to work in the rain. (Below) Aniket Palkar, at left, who teamed up with a student from Ardrey Kell, will advance to the International Intel Science and Engineering Fair for his work with a protein for vaccinations against potential bioterror attacks. (Bottom) Ben Sagmoe conducted his research on using rigid origami to create mobile disaster shelters.

Four Marvin Ridge High School students took first- and second-place awards recently in the regional Intel Science and Engineering Fair, held at the University of North Carolina in Charlotte.

More than 200 elementary, middle and high school students attended the fair; all hoping to win the chance to compete again on a state and national level.

Three main judges and several “special awards” judges watched as students presented their findings concerning various topics of original research. Students had to develop a paper about that research and a trifold poster that accompanied the presentation.

The Marvin Ridge students, led by Marvin Ridge science teachers Steven Wilson and Luke Abercrombie, earned some of the most prestigious awards in the competition.

Ben Sagmoe conducted his research on using rigid origami to create mobile disaster shelters. This 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. This earned them both a commendation from the American Chemical Society, and a first place in the Engineering and Technology Category; allowing them to advance to state competition.

Aniket Palkar, teaming up with a student from Ardrey Kell, will advance to the International Intel Science and Engineering Fair for an all-expense-paid trip to Pittsburgh in May for his work with a protein for vaccinations against potential bioterror attacks.

Mishra, Patel and Sagmoe will compete for one of 10 slots at the state tournament.

The three students also competed on Feb. 20 in the North Carolina Student Academy of Sciences. They took first place in their respective categories; Mishra and Patel in Advanced Engineering and Technology, and Sagmoe in Engineering and Technology.

They will all advance to the state fair held this month at the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics in hopes of earning a trip to the American Junior Academy of the Sciences conference in Washington, DC.

Written by: Marvin Ridge High School student Prakash Mishra
Posted: Mar 18, 2015 by Deb Coates Bledsoe

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