Thursday, March 14, 2013
The North County student who impressed scientists nationwide with his pancreatic cancer sensor is heading back to the International Science and Engineering Fair.
North County High School sophomore Jack Andraka, who took first place at last year's Anne Arundel County science fair, has impressed again by taking the grand prize for two years in a row. Andraka gained national attention last year from scientists and pharmaceutical companies for his inexpensive sensor that accurately detects pancreatic cancer. He went on to share the grand prize at the International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF). This year, Andraka impressed county judges yet again with his project "The Tricorder: A Novel Raman Spectrometer for Real Work Applications." He will again head to ISEF in Phoenix, along with 1,500 other students worldwide. He'll have a chance to win a $75,000 grand prize or several other awards. "Our …
Tuesday, March 5, 2013
The fair goes through March 7 at North County High School.
School science fairs provide an opportunity for students to research a topic of interest on their own and the best of these projects move on to the next level of competition. This week, more than 300 students will present their research at the Anne Arundel County Regional Science and Engineering Fair to be held at North County High School in Glen Burnie. Winners will be announced Thursday at an awards assembly to be held from 6 to 8:30 p.m. “These student researchers represent our best promise of an emerging workforce of degreed and highly skilled technical workers who begin developing their mathematics and science skills early in their educational career,” said Rochelle Slutskin, Coordinator of Science for AACPS, in a prepared statement. …
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
The student has taken his talents from the classroom in Glen Burnie to the White House.
Local viewers of President Barack Obama's State of the Union Address on Tuesday night may recognize a face in the crowd, as North County High School student Jack Andraka will be in attendance. Andraka, 16, made a huge splash in 2012 with his invention of a paper-based sensor that can help more accurately and efficiently detect pancreatic cancer—a feat that won him first place in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, plus the attention of several patent-seeking companies. He has since been featured in several publications, including Smithsonian Magazine, and was the subject of a short film called You Don't Know Jack by famed documentary filmmaker Morgan Spurlock. First Lady Michelle Obama invited Andraka to the address as a …
Thursday, December 20, 2012
Sophomore Jack Andraka's invention of a test to detect pancreatic cancer easier and cheaper is just one of the local kid's latest achievements.
Dressed in a gray hoodie and jeans, Jack Andraka looks like a typical 15-year-old high school sophomore with a Justin Bieber haircut, circa a year ago. But once he starts talking about his science fair project, it becomes clear Jack is no average high schooler. His science project is far beyond the typical baking soda volcano many youths construct. And after winning a pair of prestigious national prizes for that science project this year, Jack drops names of celebrities into conversation with the ease of a budding celebrity he himself is becoming. Oprah called, wanting an interview the day after his sit-down with Patch for possibly her magazine or talk show on her network. Yes, that Oprah. He's met Presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton…
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
North County freshman Jack Andraka and Chesapeake Science Point sophomore Gregory Bekher received grand award honors at the regional science and engineering fair.
Two area students recently received grand award honors at the Anne Arundel County Regional Science and Engineering Fair held at North County High School. 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…
Friday, February 24, 2012
Jack Andraka, a ninth-grader at North County, captained a team of students to first place in the 13th annual Johns Hopkins Math Tournament.
A team captained by North County High School ninth-grader Jack Andraka won top honors at a recent math competition at Johns Hopkins University. The team, Fairfax Math Circle Team, placed first in the 13th annual Johns Hopkins Math Tournament. Other team members included Josh Biderman from James Madison High in Virginia, Gabby Studt from Montgomery Blair High and Alex Smith from La Plata High. CORRECTION: This article has been updated from it's original version to correct the name of the high school that Josh Biderman attends. He attends James Madison High. Patch regrets the error.
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Jack Andraka said he comes from a family of roofers, which led him to tackle a common roofing problem with his experiment.
North County High School freshman Jack Andraka took his family's history in the roofing business and turned it into a project that earned him a top spot in the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge. More than 150 county charter school students participated in an assembly Tuesday at Chesapeake Science Point Public Charter School in Hanover honoring the 14-year-old who recently was named one of the top 10 finalists in the competition. Jack applied to the competition when he was an eighth-grader at Chesapeake Science Point, a school he attended in grades six through eight. According to a press release, the contest was designed by Discovery Education and 3M to target students in middle school, the age when research shows a decline …