Jack Andraka is on his way to St. Paul, MN, to hopefully stake his claim as the nation’s top young scientist.
The Crownsville teen earned his spot in the finals set for Oct. 2-5 while he was an 8th grader at Chesapeake Science Point in Hanover.
He stands to win $25,000.
His project then dealt with retro-fitting low-flow dams with an underwater ramp near the breast of the dam to negate the vortex action that causes many drownings each year.
And all the North County High School freshman will say about his project he will present at the finals is that it involves roofs and physics.
“I plan on putting it into a scholarship account for college,” the 14-year-old said about his potential winnings. “But for me, the top prize is being given the title Top Young Scientist.”
He said he thought the title would do a lot to boost the standing of the U.S. Science and Engineering Fair, of which he is the county coordinator.
Jack is one of 10 finalists who were chosen for their “scientific ingenuity and innovation,” according to a release from Discovery Education and 3M, which are sponsoring the 13th annual Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge.
He said he has worked with a mentor from 3M throughout the summer developing his new project. He will present his project, which had to be a solution he found in everyday life, at the 3M Innovation Center.
Jack also will face three other challenges that will test his “scientific acumen, creativity and communication skills,” according to the release.
“The Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge reflects our company’s commitment to engage students in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education and drive their interest toward science-related careers,” Bill Goodwyn, CEO of Discovery Education, said in a release.
Jack is the son of Steve and Jane Andraka. He has a brother, Luke, 16 who also attends North County.
For more information, visit youngscientistchallenge.com.