If there is one thing you should know about me, it is that I have a strong passion for science. I have always wanted to pursue a career in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics). At one time, I wanted to be a paleontologist. Another time, I wanted to be an astronomer. In sixth grade, I was introduced to the science fair, beginning my love for the subject.
During the past two years of high school, I participated in the annual science fairs. That might not sound as cool as I think it is, but science fairs are actually very interesting. Students from all around the world work on a year-long or continuation project that they present during a fair.
My sophomore year, I participated in the science fair at the senior division level for the first time. My project, “Do Galaxies Evolve?,” was a study of the evolution of galaxies based on their “redshift” or their distance away from us. I wondered, “If stars evolve, do galaxies evolve, too?” I concluded that galaxies do evolve. They evolve in the sense that they change in shape or form over “time.” A famous example of an evolving galaxy is one of a galactic collision, galaxy m51. Due to my project, I was able to participate in the 57th Annual Hawaii State Science and Engineering Fair, held at the Hawaii Convention Center.
There were many interesting projects. The one that I remember most was a technological project. I unlocked my phone to look up something on the internet, thinking I could use the free Wi-Fi. As I opened my app, I received a notification saying that the internet had been blocked. It identified the science project that had blocked it. I thought that that was clever.
My junior year, I participated again in the science fair. I worked on an engineering project with a partner. Our project researched implementations of a potential energy network-attached storage system that will store energy from intermittent sources, such as solar and wind.
The science fair offers new experiences to learn and try new things. However, this is not the only benefit. In district fairs, participating students have the opportunity to win awards. They also have the opportunity to win a trip to the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF), held every year in May.
In state fairs, students continue to have the opportunity to win awards and earn a trip to the Intel ISEF. These awards are monetary and there is a significant increase of different awards.
The science fair has led to new experiences and various opportunities for me. If you dare to discover answers to your questions, who knows where it may lead you.