A science project by a Mobile County Public Schools student has been chosen as one of the best in the nation and could earn her a trip to Washington D.C.
“Algebraic Hot Spots,” a science project submitted by Hannah Patterson while he was an eighth-grader at Clark-Shaw School of Math and Science last year, has been chosen by Broadcom MASTERS as one of the top 300 in the country. The project used mathematical comparisons of parabolas to determine if the width affected the parabolic focus. A real-world application of this would be calculating the maximum return of solar energy.
Patterson, now a freshman at Davidson High, was one of about 2,500 applicants in the contest.
Next Wednesday, the top 30 will be selected from those 300 for the opportunity to compete nationally in Washington, D.C., over four days in October for more than $100,000 in prizes.
The Broadcom MASTERS, the nation’s most prestigious STEM competition for middle school students, was founded by the Society for Science & the Public to inspire young scientists, engineers and innovators.
See the full list of winners.