Congratulations to HCHS student, Helen L. for being named a 2017 Broadcom Masters Finalist! This is a tremendous honor and we are thrilled that Helen will have the opportunity to compete against 29 other middle school scientists at the national level.
This research is a result of her 8th grade science fair project. She did the project while in Mr. Castillo's class with the technical support and expertise of Mr. Pinkerton. Broadcom is the middle school equivalent of Regeneron (formerly Intel) Science Talent Search; two years ago our school's science fair became affiliated with the Broadcom. Helen is one of 30 national finalists and she will be competing in DC in the National Finals. She is our school's first ever national finalist. Wish her congratulations if you see her!
Helen’s project is titled Using Flotation Systems to Harness Wave Power Using Electromagnetism. After Hurricane Sandy hit Helen's neighborhood in 2012, the area had no electricity for a week. Concern about climate change led Helen to learn about renewable energy technologies. Wave power especially fascinated her. That technology uses the motion of ocean waves to make electricity. "I wanted to find a clean and easy way to generate electricity using wave power that could work almost anywhere," she explains. "My research led me to investigate magnetism.”
Winners will be named on October 24 after finalists complete in a rigorous competition that will test their abilities in STEM, critical thinking, communication, creativity and collaboration.
We are so proud of you, Helen!