Renewable Energy Among Student Projects in TV Challenge

A 13-year-old student, Brent Rich of Madera, California, who generated electricity from trash in a science project entitled, ‘A New Use for 200-year-old Technology,’ is among 400 students from 42 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, who have been selected as semifinalists for the Third Annual Discovery Young Scientist Challenge.

BETHESDA, Maryland, US, 2001-08-30 [SolarAccess.com]. A 13-year-old student, Brent Rich of Madera, California, who generated electricity from trash in a science project entitled, ‘A New Use for 200-year-old Technology,’ is among 400 students from 42 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, who have been selected as semifinalists for the Third Annual Discovery Young Scientist Challenge. Designed as part of the solution to America’s underachievement in science and math, the DYSC identifies and honours middle school students who demonstrate the best skills in leadership, teamwork, and scientific problem solving. A key component of judging is the students’ ability to be an effective science communicator, a goal that reflects the philosophy of Discovery Communications that scientific knowledge is most valuable when communicated and shared. From among the 400 semifinalists, the final 40 will be selected to travel to Washington in October to participate with scientists from the Smithsonian Institution in challenges related to cutting-edge scientific mysteries, including renewable energy, genetic mapping and animal conservation. “These students represent the next generation of great thinkers,” says DYSC judge Ray Ann Havasy, who is a professor at the New York Institute of Technology. “Who knows what problems they’ll solve, or what discoveries they’ll make with their ingenuity and imagination.”

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