Laura Sanders was having a blast as a creative writing major at Vanderbilt University — but something felt wrong. “It was fiction writing, and we would just make up stories and have seminars and have a lot of fun. Halfway through I thought: Maybe I should add science.”
Dissecting pig and sheep lungs to learn how people breathe is how one teen spent her summer. Hari Bhimaraju loves biomedical science and learning about how the body works.
Read our interview with Hari, a 2015 Broadcom MASTERS finalist, below to learn more about her dissections, her medicine management app, and what fruit represents burn victims.
WHAT ARE YOUR CURRENT STEM GOALS: I'm working on a medicine management system for the elderly and visually-impaired. I submitted this project to ProjectCSGirls in June and was a national winner!
Building the next generation of ion thrusters to take astronauts to more distant stars — before entering high school. That's one of Avery Clowes' goals.
"I've been working on powering the next generation of ion thrusters," said Avery, a 2015 Broadcom MASTERS finalist. "I've engineered a system that is potentially cheaper, more efficient, and even beneficial to astronauts."
Frances Barron got hooked on biochemistry through watching sea urchin fertilization in an undergraduate lab. As Vice President of Biology and Regulatory Affairs at Nanomedical Diagnostics, a biotech company in San Diego, California, Frances asks herself how the complex processes of forming life can be harnessed to solve medical problems.
As a high school student, Jessika Baral applied for a patent on a device she invented. Not many high school students can graduate saying they've done that.
Jessika created a device that strengthens eye muscles and improves peripheral vision. She also donated several of the devices to vision-challenged high school students. Now she's working to develop at test for small cell lung cancer.
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As an American high school student walked throughout China and met local students, she realized in spite of their different language and culture, "we were all inspired by the same thing — science."
Katie Younglove, a 2016 Intel ISEF finalist, recently returned to the U.S. after a special awards trip to China. The group of finalists chosen to travel to China spent over a week visiting several cities, schools, and other students interested in STEM.
"You've got to have a community of geeks to build a successful science program," said Lisa Scott, a teacher in Florida. "I tell my students, yes you're geeks, but so are we (the teachers)," Lisa said.
A geek is just someone who is excited about what they're doing, she explained during a panel at the Research Teachers Conference, sponsored by Regeneron. The conference was held in Washington, D.C. on September 30 to October 1, 2016.
You need a community of geeks to build a successful science program.
Sometimes the hardest thing for students to do is find a topic that interests them for a science research project, said Phyllis Serfaty, a teacher in New York.
Phyllis led a panel, along with Mike Charkiewicz, a teacher in Suffield, Connecticut, and Kim Failor, a teacher at Stanford Online High School, at the Research Teachers Conference, sponsored by Regeneron. The conference was held in Washington, D.C. on September 30 to October 1, 2016.
Phyllis tries to get her students interested in science topics by presenting science articles of various fields.
In sixth grade, Rebecca Nyquist learned how to prove her science teacher wrong and find answers for herself.
Rebecca Nyquist, a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Pennsylvania, was the keynote speaker at the Research Teachers Conference, sponsored by Regeneron, held in Washington, D.C. on September 30 to October 1, 2016.
Rebecca discussed grit and mindfulness in a speech she dedicated as a tribute to her sixth grade science teacher, who passed away in a bike accident this summer.