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The 15th annual Dr. Ying Science Competition is in the books and two was the lucky number for Brevard County's Sarah Van Sickle of Satellite High School.

Sarah was in last year's contest when she finished as a runner up, but the additional year of research won her the 2013 competition. She was awarded a trophy, a $5,000 cash scholarship plus $1,000 awards for her science teacher and her school.

Her efforts improved on the design of the antenna, which is based on fractal geometry and receives both UHF and VHF frequencies for less money than the cost of a commercial device. Since broadcast television is an important communications tool, this research could enable everyone to have access to multiple over-the-air transmissions at a fraction of the cost. This research would be especially valuable for those living in remote areas, Third World countries or people in post-disaster areas where cable or satellite transmissions are inaccessible.

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On Friday, April 26, the five finalists of the 2013 Dr. Ying Science Competition visited Minute Maid Laboratories and UCF’s Institute of Simulation and Training.

Get a glimpse at what they saw on their tours!


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Orlando Science Center and Orlando Mini Maker Faire Announce Partnership

The Science Center will host the second annual event celebrating innovation, inventions and DIY fun
Saturday, October 5, 2013

ORLANDO, Fla. (April 26, 2013)—Orlando Science Center has partnered with Orlando Mini Maker Faire and will host the second annual event on Saturday, October 5, 2013. Event schedule and ticket prices will be announced at a later date.

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This weekend is the 15th Annual Dr. Nelson Ying Science Competition! Every day this week, we'll spotlight one of the five finalists.

Rikhav Shah is a sophomore at Lake Highland Preparatory School. Rikhav has been fortunate enough to conduct research at the NanoScience Technology Center at the University of Central Florida. For the past two years, he has been studying the possibilities of developing a nanoparticle-based probe for detection of heavy metal contaminants in drinking water.

Nanotechnology is the study and application of materials at a molecular level. Rikhav is interested in how a material’s properties can be taken advantage of at that scale to solve problems.

Rikhav Shah

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Science Stars Shine at Orlando Science Center

Presenting the 15th Annual Dr. Nelson Ying Science Competition Celebrating the Exemplary Achievements of Local Science Students
Friday, April 26–Sunday, April 28

ORLANDO, Fla. (April 23, 2013)—Since 1999, Dr. Nelson Ying—local scientist, entrepreneur and philanthropist—has partnered with Orlando Science Center to celebrate the exemplary achievements of local science students. From April 26–28, five finalists from area high schools will compete for the coveted “Ying Prize” during the Dr. Nelson Ying Science Competition. The Grand Prize winner also receives a $5,000 scholarship, a $1,000 award for the student’s science teacher or mentor and another $1,000 for the winner’s school.

To compete in the Ying Competition, each entrant must perform a research project that has the ultimate goal of benefiting humanity. Previous entries have investigated treatments for Alzheimer’s disease, faster delivery of mechanisms for medicine and solutions for beach erosion, just to name a few. Project reports are submitted and reviewed by a distinguished panel of judges including current and retired engineers, scientists, educators, and Dr. Ying, himself.

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This weekend is the 15th Annual Dr. Nelson Ying Science Competition! Every day this week, we'll spotlight one of the five finalists.

Nirva Vassa is a freshman at Seminole High School in Sanford, Fla. and is currently enrolled in the international baccalaureate program. She has been involved in science research competitions since sixth grade and has received first place awards in several science competitions including Seminole County Science and Engineering Fair, Orlando Science Challenge, and State Science and Engineering Fair of Florida. Nirva will also be competing in the International Science and Engineering Fair in Phoenix, Ariz. this May.

Nirva Vassa

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Arcade games by definition are typically coin-operated machines such as pinball machines, video games and merchandisers (games which use claw cranes).

The first popular arcade games date back to the 1920s with the first coin-operated, fortune telling machines. In 1966 Sega introduced Periscope, an early submarine simulator, which became a worldwide success and the first arcade game to cost one quarter to play, a price which remained the standard for arcade games for many years to come.

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