Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

Wisconsin Middle Schooler Named 'America's Top Young Scientist'

Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

Wisconsin Middle Schooler Named 'America's Top Young Scientist'

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DISCOVERY EDUCATION AND 3M HAVE SELECTED a grand-prize winner in their joint 2010 Young Scientist Challenge. Liam McCarty, an eighth-grader at Brookfield Academy in Brookfield, WI, was named America's Top Young Scientist for his idea for a wound closure system to protect deep cuts, as well as for his performance in a live science competition among challenge finalists.

The nationwide competition began with more than 10,000 entrants in grades 5 through 8 who, under the supervision of a teacher or adult adviser, took on the challenge of tackling a social or security issue facing the country using science. Participants entered one- to two-minute videos on one of four topics: preventing the spread of germs/diseases, food safety, sun protection, or wind-resistant structures. A panel of judges evaluated the videos on the basis of creativity, persuasiveness, classroom suitability, and overall presentation.

The first round of judging, held in July, led to the selection of 51 state semifinalists (in addition to Washington, DC), and a second round in August narrowed the field to 10 students. …

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