A Lexington high school students has just won the Intel Foundation Young Scientist Award. Who? What school is she from? What is this award?
Rachel Seevers of Paul Laurence Dunbar High School has just been awarded the Intel Foundation Young Scientist Award. She designed, built, and tested an energy-efficient prototype of an underwater propulsion device that mimics the way jellyfish move through the water. The award is for $50,000.
“The device that I developed in this research is truly the manifestation of many aspects of my life coming together… About a year ago I was able to tour a U.S. Navy base where they conducted research on submarines and underwater submersibles. I was completely fascinated by the work they were doing and began to wonder exactly how submarines worked. Along the way, I found out that much of our ocean is left unexplored and unknown to humankind, and the curiosity that accompanies the pursuit of the unknown has always motivated me… I thought maybe there was a way to apply my research on aircraft to submersibles, as water is a fluid nonetheless, just one with a little bit different properties than air.”
The prototype was designed to improve efficiency propulsion by 37% that can potentially allow greater access to the unexplored oceans. This possible advancements in the ultra-efficient submersible vehicles will aid in monitoring ocean temperatures and chemical composition.
“The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) is the world’s most powerful STEM talent pipeline, providing young engineers like Rachel with a platform to share their research on a global scale. I’m thrilled that through competitions like ISEF, the Society for Science & the Public is able to award our next generation of leaders in science and engineering,” said Maya Ajmera, President and CEO of the Society for Science & the Public and Publisher of Science News. “Congratulations to Rachel on winning one of two $50,000 Intel Foundation Young Scientist Awards.”
Congratulations Rachel Seevers.
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