Monday, May 15, 2006

Alternative Energy Inspires Young Scientists

In Indianapolis a number of the 1,500 young scientists competing in the International Science and Engineering Fair for $4 million dollars in prizes and scholarships pursued alternative energy innovations.

Seventeen year old Allison Wilson from Stuart, Iowa, won $11,000 in scholarships by making ethanol fuel from prairie grass.

Renewable energy also inspired 17 year old Brian Sutterer of Terre Haute, Indiana, who generated electricity using the difference in temperature above and below ground (geothermal energy).

2006 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair

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Blogger Mel. Hauser said...

Nothing like a major market swing to key up the minds of the next generation of scientists.

I always feel bad for brilliant kids during dumb decades. We seem to be emerging from another pass behind the moon, with the next ten years looking up for science in general.

11:02 pm, May 20, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, but at least there ARE some brilliant kids. I'll choose to look at this as a hopeful sign...


2:07 pm, May 26, 2006  
Blogger Mel. Hauser said...

No kidding, man. Considering that my generation--X--seems to have utterly shited their opportunity to recognize reality and run with it, it's reassuring to know that the next crop will apparently be better-suited to tackle the challenges of a changing world.

Fun times.

3:34 am, May 29, 2006  
Blogger Russ in Wy said...

I think one of my most frustrating moments is when I see a brilliant mind wasting away. I knew a kid that graduated in computer science in three years, then went to work as a database administrator. He took 24 credits one semester and still came out on top. He only attended his chemistry class on test days. I always encouraged him to go save the world, but he has yet to do anything with his brilliance. Minds like his are the ones that are capable of finding and implementing the solutions, we just need to encourage them to do so.

8:59 am, May 31, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What wonderful news! Thanks for this post!
We need more kids armed with education to combat climate change and other ills that have been ignored for far too long.

1:13 pm, June 29, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is great to see that the young interest for research and new technology still exist. This means that our world is developing and the brilliant minds should be stimulated to work.

11:00 am, August 28, 2006  

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