Emily Sotherland took home the grand prize from the Dr. Ying Science Competition in 2007. At the time, she was a junior at Merit Island’s Edgewood Jr./Sr. High School when she became the Ninth Annual winner of this competition at the Orlando Science Center.

Emily’s project was entitled “Modeling Artificial Surf Reefs and Their Ability to Create Surf Waves While Inhibiting Beach Erosion.” Through her research, Emily was able to show that a V-shaped artificial surf reef could inhibit beach erosion and create better waves for surfing. She won the $5,000 grand prize plus $1,000 prizes for her teacher and her school.

This was only one of the remarkable research entries recognized at a previous year’s competition. This year is sure to bring out more amazing talent from the Central Florida community. The Dr. Nelson Ying Student Science Competition will mark its 12th year in collaboration with the Orlando Science Center on April 23, 2010.

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