Two area students recently received grand award honors at the Anne Arundel County Regional Science and Engineering Fair held at .
North County freshman Jack Andraka and Chesapeake Science Point Charter School sophomore Gregory Bekher received the honor for their projects, which both focus on attempting to solve a real-world problem, according to a press release from the school system.
Jack's project created a device that detects pancreatic cancer down to the stage of growth in an effective, efficient and economical way, according to the release. The aim of the device is to increase the survival rate among people who have the disease.
Gregory's project aimed at locating malicious computer rootkits that hackers use to get important, seemingly secure data, according to the release.
Both Jack and Gregory will compete in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Pittsburgh in May where more than $4 million in awards and scholarships with be available.
In addition to Jack and Gregory, 74 county middle and high school students earned first place awards at the fair.
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