Taylor Wilson won an Intel Foundation Young Scientist Award of $50,000 for his project, “Countering Nuclear Terrorism: Novel Active and Passive Techniques for Detecting Nuclear Threats”. Unlike current neutron detectors, which use helium-3, Taylor’s uses water. Not mentioned in the recent publicity that I’ve seen, so far, is that his neutron detector is apparently based on a Farnsworth fusor. In addition to the $50,000 award, he also won the $5000 Best of Category Award in Physics and Astronomy, and a First Place Award of $3000.
Forrest Betton, Demitri Hopkins, and Eric Thomas, the three high school students referred to in my previous post, won the $5000 Best of Category Award in Electrical and Mechanical Engineering for their project, “Inertial Electrostatic Confinement Fusion Using an Electrostatic Focusing Lens”. In addition, they won a First Place Award of $3000 in the same category.
Charles Ramey won a Third Place Award of $1000 in the Physics and Astronomy category for his project, “Effects of Cathode Composition on Inertial Electrostatic Confinement Fusion Reactors”.
And, of perhaps the most interest to those on these forums, Adam Bowman also won a Third Place Award of $1000 in the Physics and Astronomy category for his project, “The Construction of a Small Dense Plasma Focus Using a Novel Experimental Setup”.
Not really fusion related, but I found yet another science fair project inspired by Ironman: “Efficient Implementation of Tilt Compensated Compass and Depth Camera in Interactive Augmented Reality”. It won Lai Xue of Chengdu, China an all-expense-paid trip to the European Union Contest for Young Scientists, as well as the $5000 Best of Category Award in Computer Science, and a First Place Award of $3000.