Futures so bright
In our view
Want a glimpse of the future? Check out the winners from last week's North Museum Science & Engineering Fair.
Matthew Campagna (grand champion) put a new twist on the dismissive slang phrase "talk to the hand." Using computer programming and old-fashioned engineering, he rigged up a voice-controlled two-fingered robotic hand. He's not done with it yet; look for him to add more fingers and more tricks for next year's fair.
Jennifer Eurich (senior champion), inspired by the Clinic for Special Children in Strasburg, which treats disorders endemic in the Amish community, set out to do something for the lives of people suffering from a condition for which there is no treatment and no cure. It makes the lives of children miserable, then it kills them in adolescence. She worked toward seeking something to mitigate the tragedy.
Sophia Buckwalter (junior champion) took on a challenge that gave her experience in the science of sound, Central American rain forest woods and original guitar hero Les Paul. Not bad for a seventh grader.
Divya Sirdeshpande (senior reserve champion) competed last year with an experiment in growing mushrooms and converting their stuff into porous packaging material that is capable of doing the work of Styrofoam without its pollution.
Not content with that, she went back at it this year to improve her process and found she could trim the growing time for her mushrooms from five weeks to five days.
Lily Delle-Levine (junior reserve champion) found her experiment subject in the rinks where she figure-skates. The exhaust from ice-resurfacing machinery can linger in the cold, still air of a rink, and she found the gases can concentrate at levels that approach unhealthy.
These students all used the core qualities of science -- comparative method, repeated experiments, testing a hypothesis against facts, practical applications of theoretical knowledge. For that, they won trophies.
But it is for other qualities in their work -- creativity, concern, compassion and persistence -- that they earn our applause and brighten our hopes for the future.
It is for other qualities in their work -- creativity, concern, compassion and persistence -- that they earn our applause.