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|Illinois Sends 4 Students to International Science Fair
|(IRN)-Five Illinois high school students are vying for prizes in an international science and engineering competition.
They are among 1,500 students from 65 countries attending the finals of the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Los Angeles, the winners to be announced Friday, 5 p.m. Central Time.
The students and their projects:
- Mishka Gidwani of Naperville, a 17 year old senior at Neuqua Valley High School. Her project is environmental: Phytoplankton produce a glue-like substance that helps them bind together and sink to the ocean floor. The project shows the importance of that substance to the ocean atmosphere and how it can be used to clean up oil spills.
- Heath and Hayden Garner of Taylorville, both 17 year old juniors at Taylorville High School. Their project takes recyclable goods and breaks them down into a useable source of energy, using fermentation to get ethanol from the recyclable goods.
- Conner Ruhl of Swansea, a 14 year old freshman at Gov. French Academy in Belleville. His artificial intelligence project determines the best algorithm for strategy games. Over 147 hours were spent programming a computer to play checkers, on one hand calculating the best move, and on another, learning from experience by recognizing similar circumstances from past games, what moves were made and what the results were.
- Nicole Hunter of Macomb, a 17 year old senior at Macomb High School, is determining if wind can be used to power a vehicle. Her wind tunnel tests say that the electricity from a turbine on a vehicle can power the vehicle more than the additional drag slows it down.
Top prize is $75,000; total prizes are worth $4 million. Typically more than 20 percent of the projects at this science fair result in patent applications.
|05 13 11 by Newsroom
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