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GLHS Science Making marks

* Four students from the Gahanna Lincoln High School Science Academy took some mini remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) to the People's Republic of China to share with science classes throughout that country on a 12-day tour during spring break.

Accompanied by eight Chinese language students from Gahanna and their advisor Chi-Wei Lin, Coordinator Fred Donelson, Andrew Lewis, Daniel O'Grady, Diego Quevedo and Heather Rice represented the science department in a cross-cultural exchange with several high schools across China. The GLHS team spent time in Beijing, Hefei, Ningbo and Shanghai during the 12 day trip, visiting several schools in the process. According to Donelson, the robotics team spent time at each school visiting a science class that taught robotics.

Sightseeing was also included in the trip. The GLHS delegation visited Tiananmen Square, The Forbidden City, the Olympic Village, the Tangshan Earthquake Museum, a coal mine, the open air market and river walk in Shanghai and the Great Wall while traveling across China.

* The GLHS Science Academy has been entering its capstone projects in the Columbus Technical Council Paper Competition for six years and recently continued strong performances.

Emily Merickel won the American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) and $200 for her prototype oxygen generator build for space habitats. This is the second year in a row an Academy student has won this award.

Sibi Sengottuval won $75 from the Institute of Electronics and Electrical Engineers for his development of a prototype helmet steering device for wheel chairs of quadriplegics. This makes five years in a row for a GLHS student.

Jacob Honick continued the sweep by winning the Instrument Society of America (ISA) award ($100) for his project on building a motorized hybrid longboard which used a breaking regenerative system to store energy. This is the sixth year in a row we have won this award.

Laura Stegner, whose project centered around developing a biodegradable 3D printing compound, won second place and $50 for the CTC Chemistry award. She also got a second in a new award, the Ethics in Science and Technology award for her work regarding biodegradability and concern for plastics pollution. She was also named Outstanding Science Student from Gahanna ($25), and she was named the CTC Science Student of the Year ($500). This is the third year in a row a Gahanna Science Academy student has won this prestigious award and fourth in the last six years, with the other two years winning runner up in this category.