Lisa Kim, Sunyoung Wang and Guillermo Bautista
Senior and juniors, Mill Creek High School
Accomplishment: Three students, Lisa Kim, Sunyoung Wang and Guillermo Bautista attended the Intel Science and Engineering Fair held from May 8 through May 13 in Los Angeles.
Key to Success: When Lisa Kim, Sunyoung Wang and Guillermo Bautista put together a physics project about how to make infrared light more visible to humans to show at the Mill Creek science fair, a trip to Los Angeles was not even considered a possibility.
However, the group was chosen to represent Mill Creek at the Gwinnett County Science Fair. After receiving another grand prize, the three were headed to the statewide competition. Another strong performance led to an automatic bid to the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Los Angeles.
“We got an automatic bid because Gwinnett County is such a big region,” Kim said. “The Gwinnett County Science Fair is bigger than the state.”
While in California, the group from Mill Creek was up against some stiff competition. There was a student who found a way to decrease the growth of cancer cells and some others made replica nuclear reactors.
Though the group didn’t receive a placement at the international event, Kim said seeing what other students created was an interesting part of the trip.
“We didn’t place, but it was a good way to see what everyone is doing out there,” Kim said.
Despite not placing, Wang said the Mill Creek group’s project was one that could actually be helpful in daily societal use.
“It could be used in inclement weather to see infrared light on the front or back of cars,” Wang said. “You could see far away no matter what type of weather. In the rain and fog it’s hard to see cars, so it can be used for safety reasons.”
With such a high level of success in the first year Mill Creek has competed, the group wants to increase the level of participation in the school. Though Kim has graduated and will attend Tulane University in the fall, Wang and Bautista are going to try and spread the competition.
“Next year we’re thinking about doing it again and getting out more ideas to get more people involved,” Wang said.
Do you know of an outstanding child, teen, team or club? Submit your nomination in our comment box below or e-mail the information to Kristi.Reed@Patch.com. Be sure to include all of the following information:
● Name of child, teen, team or club
● Age or grade level
● Child, teen, team or club accomplishment
● Key to success