North County High Student Wins MIT Award

| January 14, 2011 | 0 Comments

This bit of good news was just received from the Anne Arundel County Public Schools.

Luke Andraka, a 10th grader in North County High School’s STEM Program who had a banner 2010 year by winning several science competitions, has now won the 2011 Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Technology for Humans guided by Innovation, Networking and Knowledge (MIT THINK) competition.

The competition recognizes talented and motivated high school students across the United States who use their knowledge to address today’s technological challenges for the benefit of humanity, according to the MIT site.

Luke’s project, “Electrochemical Remediation of Acid Mine Drainage,” earned him the top honor this year. This gives the budding scientist a chance to visit one of America’s premier institutions of higher learning. As a whitewater kayaker, Luke hopes to use his knowledge to clean up the Cheat River in Albright, W. Va.
“I am going to MIT for one week and will be able to sit in on classes and meet with students and professors,” Luke said. “I’m most looking forward to talking with professors. It’s inspiring to meet people and discuss possible ideas of what more can be accomplished.”

North County High School Principal Dr. William Heiser said,” Luke is a great ambassador for our school and our STEM Program. I am so proud of Luke, and I congratulate him and commend our teachers for encouraging, supporting, and mentoring Luke during his innovative research.”

Luke will have a chance to present his work at the awards ceremony, as well as tour the MIT labs and network with over 2,200 scientists and research company professionals during the exposition. In addition to the all-expenses paid trip to MIT, Luke will receive a $500 cash prize.

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