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"Javier is a bold lecturer who has spoken to audiences around the
world and has won numerous competitions for his enterprising inventions. He
was just 8-years-old when he won his first award for enterprising robot
design using Legos and a computer chip.
“Once I realized I enjoyed inventing, I began to see how I could provide
solutions to common problems,” said the Woodlands, Texas teen. “Inventing
things became a way to help people.”
It’s clear that although Javier is a normal high school junior who likes to
play ping pong with his younger brother, he’s also a gifted engineer whose
inventions have begun to have a global impact."
For One Teen Scientist, Love of Engineering Reaps Global Rewards
Develops Ocean Cleanup Array That Could Remove 7,250,000 Tons Of Plastic
May 26, 2013
- 19-year-old Boyan Slat has unveiled plans to create an Ocean Cleanup
Array that could remove 7,250,000 tons of plastic waste from the world’s
oceans. The device consists of an anchored network of floating booms and
processing platforms that could be dispatched to garbage patches around the
world. Instead of moving through the ocean, the array would span the radius
of a garbage patch, acting as a giant funnel...
takes Google's self-driving car and makes it $71,000 cheaper
May 18, 2013
- So it becomes even more mind-boggling to realize that, on Friday, a
19-old-year high-schooler was given an award for developing an artificial
intelligence that will dramatically lower the cost of self-driving cars.
Ionut Budisteanu, the Romanian teenager who’s $75,000 richer thanks to the
award, wanted to find a way to get rid of Google’s high resolution 3-D
radar. He said Google didn’t worry about cost while developing the
technology, and the high-res 3-D radar was the most expensive part. Without
it, the cars would be far cheaper.
So that’s what he did...
teen earns three college degrees before getting high school diploma
May 18, 2013
- When Jasmine Cofield walks across the stage to get her high school
diploma next month, she'll already have something that most graduates have
to wait years to get. Three college degrees. Cofield, 18, earned the
associates degrees from Mott Community College while she was also taking her
full high school class load at Mott Middle College...
invention could charge your phone in 20 seconds
May 18, 2013
- Waiting hours for a cellphone to charge may become a thing of the past,
thanks to an 18-year-old high-school student's invention. She won a $50,000
prize Friday at an international science fair for creating an energy storage
device that can be fully juiced in 20 to 30 seconds. The fast-charging
device is a so-called supercapacitor, a gizmo that can pack a lot of energy
into a tiny space, charges quickly and holds its charge for a long time...
Teen Heads to Grad School
May 17, 2013
- When Michelle Vaisman, 18, graduates from UC Berkeley this weekend, she
will experience her very first graduation ceremony, according to her mother,
Karen. "She skipped high school so she never had a high school graduation or
received a diploma," said Karen. Upon graduation from the College of
Chemistry with honors, Michelle will be getting dual degrees, a bachelor of
arts in applied mathematics from the College of Letters and Science and
bachelor of science in chemistry from the College of Chemistry...
Nuclear Scientist Has A Perfect Redesign For Nuclear Reactors
May 16, 2013
- People hear nuclear and think “bomb” instead of “the future.” Well, not
Reno, Nevada resident Taylor Wilson, who aims to reinvent how America looks
at nuclear reactors. Wilson become the youngest person ever to create
nuclear fusion, which he did in his basement at age 14. Wilson recently gave
an informational TED Talk about his ideas for a smaller, assembly-line
redesign of reactors. Instead of using high-pressure water boiling to
produce the steam to run a reactor’s turbines, Wilson designed a compact
molten salt reactor which would both increase efficiency and power, with
nearly no downside, and it drastically updates the ways that people can view
Finishes Triple Major, Will Pursue Doctoral Degrees in Math and Physics
May 10, 2013
- On Saturday, Walter will graduate with a bachelor of science degree in
mathematics, physics and economics, a triple major in the J. William
Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences. He is accomplishing the feat at age
18. What makes his accomplishment even more impressive is that he has a
severe form of muscular dystrophy that forces him to use a motorized
“I really do just love learning,” said Walter, who was just 14 when he
graduated from high school. “I like to learn as much as I can. I am willing
to work and I want to work and learn. There’s an element of ability, for
sure, but it wouldn’t mean much at all if I didn’t work as much as I do.”
School Student Might Have Found Cure For Cancer January 20, 2013
- 17-year-old Angela Zhang of Cupertino of California, just won $100,000
in the national Siemens science contest for potentially finding the cure...
Starts Pop-Up Internet Café to Raise Money for Red Cross October 31 2012
- Superstorm Sandy left much of Hoboken, NJ underwater, but one
enterprising 11-year-old found a way to help those around her in need. Lucy
Walkowiak, with the help of her father, established a pop-up Internet café
and charging station to help dozens of neighbors get a much needed gadget
charge and Internet connection to the outside world...
uses Dungeons and Dragons to help scientist dad with his research
October 30 2012
- In the meantime, the paper describing the results—delightfully entitled
“Monsters are people too”—has been published in Biology Letters. Kingstone
wrote it with postdoc Tom Foulsham, but Levy did the rest. He prepared the
images, trained himself to use the eye-tracker, ran the experiment, and
coded all the data. Accordingly, at the current age of 14, he’s the first
author on the paper...
Berkeley’s youngest student unfazed by college rigor October 30 2012
- Six years younger than most freshmen, Kiavash divvies up the time in his
18-hour days among some of the most challenging undergraduate courses on
campus. In chemistry, biology and physics, his test scores have placed in
the top 1 percent of the class. With community college credits, he has
earned enough units to rank among juniors. He plans to take only two years
to graduate with a degree in molecular and cell biology and a minor in
The 'Unjunked' New Candy Made by a Super-Rich 15-Year-Old October 1,
- Unreal candy is a line of "unjunked" versions of the most popular
candies on the market--it takes the corn syrup, hydrogenated oils, dyes, and
preservatives of candies like M&Ms, Reese's cups, and Milky Ways and
replaces them with blue agave nectar, organic palm oil, and other more
natural ingredients. Turns out the company was started by a home-schooled
15-year-old in Brookline, MA, with a little help from his father...
Father, Like Son October 1 2012
- A 10-year-old boy spends his summer vacation helping his chemist dad
solve the structure of complicated materials.
- The father-and-son team sat at the kitchen table for 2 days, poring over
the dozens of electron microscopy images Döblinger had generated, as well as
some X-ray diffraction data, which provides more precise information on the
materials’ atomic positions. Hovmöller would explain to Linus what he was
thinking about how the images all fit together, and when Linus didn’t
understand something, he’d interrupt his father to ask. This made Hovmöller
realize that he was rushing to conclusions. When he slowed down to clear up
Linus’s confusion, he’d get new ideas. “In 2 days, we solved four new
structures.” They published their findings in a special issue of
Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A. Linus was listed as a
coauthor on the paper...
17-year-old girl builds artificial ‘brain’ to detect breast cancer
- The cloud-based neural network took top prize in this year’s
Fair. “I taught the computer how to diagnose breast cancer,” Brittany
Wenger, the Lakewood Ranch resident, told me today. “And this is really
important because currently the least invasive form of biopsy is actually
the least conclusive, so a lot of doctors can’t use them.” Wenger wanted to
create a way for more doctors to use the minimally invasive procedure,
called Fine Needle Aspirate, in order to ease the process of having lumps
McGarry started cooking at age 10 after he became sick of his mother's bland
dishes. Now at age 13, he's serving up gourmet meals at one of Los Angeles'
hottest dinner spots. June 21 2012
- "NBC Nightly News" recently profiled McGarry during its evening
newscast. McGarry is fast becoming one of the hottest names on the culinary
scene. John Sedlar, the head chef at Playa, allowed McGarry to take over his
restaurant for one night. The culinary phenom produced a nine-course meal
for a packed house. Entrees included trout with braised leaks and
caramelized fennel, as well as a dish featuring nasturtium flowers. Did
Sedlar have any fear in letting the teenager take over the kitchen? "I don't
think it's risky at all because I've tasted Flynn's food," Sedlar told NBC.
"This is as good as any restaurant in Los Angeles."
McGarry has certainly found his passion in the kitchen. But if you think it
was a family tradition passed down to the young boy, you would be wrong...
makes US Open June 13 2012
- "There is zero pressure on him," Gold said. "This kid is the best player
I have ever seen at 14. He hits shots that pros can't hit. And, with little
pressure this week, I think he could do very well." Zhang spent the bulk of
his childhood in Beijing, picking up clubs for the first time at the age of
6 and beginning to work with a coach at the age of 7. His mother, Hui Li,
recognized his talent and brought him to the US to participate in a handful
of tournaments when he was 10, and they haven't looked back since....
freshman at age 9, medical degree at 21 June 3 2012
- Sho Yano has been a college student for 12 years, but it's only recently
that he looks as if he belongs, blending in with undergrad students in a
Hyde Park coffee shop. This week, the 21-year-old will complete the journey
he began as a 9-year-old college freshman, becoming the youngest student in
the University of Chicago's history to receive an M.D....
Wasserman boosts innovation in programming May 2012
- Since he arrived on campus as a first-year in 2008, Wasserman has
emerged as one of UChicago’s leading “hackers,” a term for a passionate
enthusiast of computers, programming, and technology. He has brought
leadership to the group of ambitious computer programmers who, with his
help, have made UChicago more competitive in global programming contests. In
another quirky move, he helped establish a Chicago dress code at the World
Finals of the International Collegiate Programming Contest...
Lori Anne Madison, spelling bee qualifier, isn’t feeling any pressure May 25, 2012
- Now 6, Lori Anne is the youngest contestant on record to qualify for the
Scripps National Spelling Bee. Her ticket to the competition that begins
Tuesday was the word “vaquero,” meaning cowboy, which she spelled correctly
to win the Prince William County bee. But Speller 269, who will compete for
$30,000, among other prizes, reports that she isn’t particularly nervous and
“I just do as much as I can,” Lori Anne said. “I don’t stress out about it.
Plus, I’m 6. I can always go back next year.” She said she hopes to win at
age 8 or 9...
Newton's Puzzle Solved By 16-Year-Old - Slashdot May 26, 2012
- Shouryya Ray, from Dresden, has solved two fundamental particle dynamics
theories which physicists have previously been able to calculate only by
using powerful computers. Shouryya has been hailed a genius after working
out the problems set by Sir Isaac Newton. His solutions mean that scientists
can now calculate the flight path of a thrown ball and then predict how it
will hit and bounce off a wall...
Pancreatic Cancer Diagnostic Wins $75,000 Intel Prize May 21, 2012
- Jack Andraka, 15, won top prize at this year's Intel International Science
and Engineering fair for his new method to detect pancreatic cancer! Based
on diabetic test paper, Jack created a simple dip-stick sensor to test blood
or urine to determine whether or not a patient has early-stage pancreatic
cancer. His study resulted in over 90 percent accuracy and showed his
patent-pending sensor to be 28 times faster, 28 times less expensive and
over 100 times more sensitive than current tests. One more
article, this time from Forbes magazine,
Wait, Did This 15-Year-Old From Maryland Just Change Cancer Treatment?
talents: Twin sisters achieve exceedingly rare feat May 14, 2012
- After graduating from Xavier University with a 4.0 average in both
chemistry and pre-med, 18 year old Asia Matthew went looking to beat the
odds. She wanted to enroll at the prestigious University of Massachusetts
Medical School in a selective PHD/MD program. Only the best get in. Hundreds
apply and the school annually interviews only 40. From that group, between
seven and ten are chosen. “I was nervous,” she admitted. “It’s hard not to
be. This is the one thing that I’ve wanted for a long time and when you see
it almost at your fingertips, you don’t want to do anything to let it slip.”
Asia beat the odds and got accepted, a great coup for her and Xavier. But
Asia isn’t making the journey on her own. Her identical twin sister Ashley
is going too!
Chairs By Colin McSwiggen Spring 2012
- Interesting and amusing article by gifted kid, Colin McSwiggen, Against
Chairs takes on this ancient and regal bit of furniture from a new
Team Wins Science Competition with Ingenious Pasteurization Contraption
May 13 2012
- Dave Banks, writing in his GeekDad blog for Wired, offers the
Hippie Pandas as a
ray of hope for anyone who worries that America has fallen woefully
behind in STEM education. The all-girl team from Rochester, NY earned top
honors at the FIRST 2012 Championship last week in St. Louis, where
thousands of science-savvy kids gathered to compete with robotics projects
and keep hope alive that America will not slip gradually back into a Stone
Age of crude technology...
Fifth Grader Heads to National Spelling Bee May 9 2012
- Richelle Zampella is in the fifth grade. "I like being outside and
listening to music and playing with my sister," said Zampella. Pretty much a
typical 11-year-old girl. And Richelle loves to spell. "She's a go-getter.
You can't give her things fast enough," said Cindy Lumpkin, her teacher. The
"Okie from Muskogee" is one of two students heading to the Scripps National
Spelling Bee in Washington. And she just may be the hardest working girl in
"It may take us a minute to scan a dictionary page and it would probably
take her five to ten minutes," said Lumpkin. Why? She has Nystagmus and
Leber's Congenital Amaurosis. Richelle is blind...
of a Teenage Polyglot March 9 2012
- SOME people pick up a little Hebrew before their bar mitzvahs, or learn
Spanish from their mothers, or can speak some Japanese from a semester
abroad. Timothy Doner, 16, is not one of those people. In the fall of 2009,
after studying for his bar mitzvah, he decided he wanted to learn modern
Hebrew, so he continued with his tutor, engaging in long dialogues about
Israeli politics. Then he felt drawn to learn Arabic, so after eighth grade
he attended a summer program for college students at Brigham Young
University. It took him four days to learn the alphabet, he said, a week to
read fluidly. Then he dived into Russian, Italian, Persian, Swahili,
Indonesian, Hindi, Ojibwe, Pashto, Turkish, Hausa, Kurdish, Yiddish, Dutch,
Croatian and German...
Talk: Taylor Wilson: Yup, I built a nuclear fusion reactor March 2012
- Taylor Wilson believes nuclear fusion is a solution to our future energy
needs, and that kids can change the world. And he knows something about both
of those: When he was 14, he built a working fusion reactor in his parents'
garage. Now 17, he takes the TED stage at short notice to tell (the short
version of) his story. "I started out with a dream to make a star in a jar,
and I ended up … making things that I think can change the world."
teen prodigy is a psychologist at 17 March 7, 2012
- The director of child psychology at the Center for the Attention to Talent
is a child himself: 17-year-old Andrew Almazan, a prodigy who was reading
Shakespeare and Cervantes at age 6...
January - February 2012
just 14, UCLA math student Moshe Kai Cavalin has written his first book, 'We
Can Do' February 23 2012
- Moshe Kai Cavalin is in many ways your typical UCLA student. He arrived
at UCLA, where the competition to get admitted is fierce, after earning an
associate in arts degree at East Los Angeles College with straight-A record.
And since the fall of 2010, he's been stacking up credits in the math
department. But there is one thing: Cavalin, who was admitted at age 12 and
turned 14 on Feb. 14, is one of the youngest students ever to attend UCLA.
Oh, and another thing: He's already a published author...
Girl Discovers New Molecule In Science Class
- Clara Lazen is not your typical fifth-grader. The Kansas City, Missouri
student was tackling an assignment in science class manipulating molecular
models when she made an accidental scientific breakthrough...
Boy Who Played With Fusion | Popular Science February 2012
- Taylor would transform the family’s garage into a mysterious,
glow-in-the-dark cache of rocks and metals and liquids with unimaginable
powers. He would conceive, in a series of unlikely epiphanies, new ways to
use neutrons to confront some of the biggest challenges of our time: cancer
and nuclear terrorism. He would build a reactor that could hurl atoms
together in a 500-million-degree plasma core—becoming, at 14, the youngest
individual on Earth to achieve nuclear fusion...
boy genius' book reveals life in college at age 8
- The one thing 14-year-old Moshe Kai Cavalin dislikes is being called a
genius. All he did, after all, was enroll in college at age 8 and earn his
first of two Associate of Arts degrees from East Los Angeles Community
College at age 9, graduating with a perfect 4.0 grade point average...
math prodigy Jake Barnett January 15 2012
- Every number or math problem I ever hear, I have permanently
remembered," says Jake Barnett. The 13-year-old isn't talking about grade
school math. He is taking college honors classes...
facial recognition software signals death of passwords January 13, 2012
- Two 17-year-olds from a Northside school in Dublin (Ireland) have created
a new facial recognition system that website owners can deploy to allow
their users to log in without having to remember passwords...
High School student devises possible cancer cure January 13, 2012
- Born to Chinese immigrants, 17-year-old Angela Zhang of Cupertino,
California is a typical American teenager. She's really into shoes and is
just learning how to drive. But there is one thing that separates her from
every other student at Monta Vista High School, something she first shared
with her chemistry teacher, Kavita Gupta. It's a research paper Angela wrote
in her spare time -- and it is advanced, to say the least. Gupta says all
she knows is its recipe -- for curing cancer...
Prodigy-7 yr old talking about Exoplanet Kepler 10-b
- 7 yr old college student talking about exoplanet Kepler 10-b in his
Astronomy Journal Club in a college Astronomy class. This is his first
technical talk in front of a college audience...
book animation by a 6th grade girl
- "My daughter used a blank memo pad and some markers. We uploaded the flip
book using the Iphone app "Animation Creator" Hints: use markers that don't
bleed through the pages. Start at the bottom page of the memo pad so you can
trace the previous picture and just change each frame gradually. Use just
the bottom portion of your memo pad so your pictures will animate when you
flip through them."
One Teen Scientist, Love of Engineering Reaps Global Rewards January 18,
- At 17-years-old, Javier Fernández-Han has earned the title of inventor and
humanitarian. He’s just been named one of Forbes “30 under 30 Most
Influential Americans” for energy innovation, and been recognized twice as
one of the nation’s top high school inventors by Popular Science magazine.
Three years ago, he also founded ‘Inventors without Borders’ as a way to
bring innovative solutions to real-world problems in rural, poverty-stricken
do you become fluent in 11 languages? February 21, 2012
- Twenty-year-old Alex Rawlings has won a national competition to find the
UK's most multi-lingual student. The Oxford University undergraduate can
currently speak 11 languages - English, Greek, German, Spanish, Russian,
Dutch, Afrikaans, French, Hebrew, Catalan and Italian. Entrants in the
competition run by the publishers Collins had to be aged between 16 and 22
and conversant in multiple languages....
LEGO Printer Invented by 14-Year-Old Boy! February 28, 2012
- Built with gray, red and white LEGOS, the mini-printer looks like a toy
version of a drafting printer. Packed with gears, cables, and remotes, the
LEGO printer is a future draftman’s dream. Three motors work together. The
complicated gears and gear racks keep the movement fluid. Touch sensors help
calibrate the robot, and tell the motors where to deposit each stroke of the
pen. To create each image, Leon imports his chosen drawing to Paint.NET for
editing, then exports it as a .PBM file, then the final image is then
formatted with RobotC, then sent to the PriNXT...
Early Admissions Tube goes to Near Space!
- MIT class of 2016 early action admits - "Hack the Tubes" project. I
decided to send my Tube to the edge of space! I turned it into an Amateur
Radio High-Altitude Ballooning project. I used two GPS-equipped ham radio
transmitters (APRS) using the call signs AK4JG-11 (me) and K4ETY-11 (my dad)
to send out position packets from the Tube so I could track it on the
Lucy Loving Uganda's Children and Youth
- 100% of all money and supplies collected goes directly to the children of
Garvey's Incredible Story January 18, 2012
- Seventeen-year-old Samantha Garvey is a high school student with a passion
for science. Despite the fact that she and her family are homeless, she
defied the odds by becoming a semi-finalist in the
Intel Science Talent Search...
Scale of the Universe,' by Two Teenage Brothers
- "My seventh grade science teacher showed us a size comparison video on
cells, and I thought it was fascinating. I decided to make my own
interactive version that included a much larger range of sizes," said Cary
in an email forwarded by his mother. "It was not a school project -- just
for fun. However, my science teacher loved it so much she showed [it] to the
class! My brother, Michael, helped me put it on the internet."
science teachers lash out at evolution-as-theory bill in Concord
- Ten-year-old Jackson Hinkle, of Nashua, spoke quietly but forcefully to
legislators Tuesday, outlining his thoughts against teaching evolution as a
theory in New Hampshire public schools...
prodigy creates tablet PC November 20, 2011
- For Chiman Prakash Reddy, trying to fit Integrated Circuits on a mother
board and working out the next move in a game of Chess are just the same:
they are just games. The 16-year-old prodigy, who doesn't have any formal
education, has developed a tablet PC, named AVE, with features he claims can
give top brands a run for their money. This also adds to the competition to
the exploding tablet market in Hyderabad....
- Thomas Suarez - iPhone Application Developer... and 6th Grader
November 7, 2011
- Thomas Suarez is a 6th grade student at a middle school in the South Bay
of Los Angeles. When Apple released the Software Development Kit (SDK), he
began to create and sell his own applications. "My parents, my friends and
even the people at the Apple store all supported me," he says, "and Steve
Jobs inspired me".
Science Fair 2012: How can I improve the human condition?
- Naomi, a 2011 Google Science
Fair winner from Oregon USA, tells us about why science is important to
her and why she researched the affects of pollutants on allergies...
Science Fair 2012: How can I reduce the carcinogens in grilled chicken?
- Lauren, a 2011 Google Science Fair winner from Pennsylvania USA, explains
why her experiment about carcinogens was inspired by her evening meal!
Also listen to...
Talk: Award-winning teen-age science in action
- In 2011 three young women swept the top prizes of the first Google Science
Fair. At TEDxWomen Lauren Hodge (age 13-14 category), Shree Bose (grand
prize winner) and Naomi Shah (age 15-16 category) described their
extraordinary projects-- and their route to a passion for science...
of her life: For 14-year-old chess progidy Phiona Mutesi, chess is a
lifeline January 10, 2011
- Phiona Mutesi is the ultimate underdog. To be African is to be an
underdog in the world. To be Ugandan is to be an underdog in Africa. To be
from Katwe is to be an underdog in Uganda. And finally, to be female is to
be an underdog in Katwe. She's 14, lives in the slums of Uganda and is just
now learning to read. But Phiona Mutesi's instincts have made her a player
to watch in international chess...
children publish bee study in Royal Society journal December 21, 2010
“We also discovered that science is cool and fun because you get to do
stuff that no one has ever done before.”
This is the conclusion of a new paper published in Biology Letters, a
high-powered journal from the UK’s prestigious Royal Society. If its tone
seems unusual, that’s because its authors are children from Blackawton
Primary School in Devon, England. Aged between 8 and 10, the 25 children
have just become the youngest scientists to ever be published in a Royal
Society journal. Their paper, based on fieldwork carried out in a local
churchyard, describes how bumblebees can learn which flowers to forage from
with more flexibility than anyone had thought...
Inventor Brings Sign-Translating Glove to NIDCD March 19, 2002
- For high schooler Ryan Patterson, inspiration struck in the unlikely
setting of a fast-food restaurant over an order of burgers and fries. "I was
trying to think of a science fair project to do, and I thought, 'What have I
seen over the past year that I can try to improve? What needs to be done?,'"
recalled Patterson, an 18-year-old student at Central High School in Grand
Junction, Colo. "Then I remembered a time when I was at the same restaurant
and saw some people who were deaf who needed an interpreter to help them
place their order. I thought I could try to develop an electronic method
that would make it easier for people to communicate."
May 21, 2013