1. Ten-Year-Old Boy Co-Authors Scientific Paper
An 11-year-old Swedish boy has made scientific history for helping to discover the atomic structure of complex crystals, a problem which had vexed his professor father for most of his young son’s life.
2. 10th Grade Chemistry Project Becomes a Viral Video
Eli Cirino, a 16-year-old high school student submitted the a video for extra credit for his 10th grade chemistry class. The reaction is probably far beyond what he expected.
The They Might Be Giants-like “Good Chemistry” explains chemical bonds via a boy-girl love story, which Cirino wrote, performed and filmed. The animation was created using construction paper. The video has nearly 300,000 views to date.
3. Little Girl’s Lunch Review Blog Persuades Her School to Serve Healthier Meals
Looking to draw some attention to her primary school’s poor excuses for lunches, 9-year-old Martha Payne of Argyll, Scotland, started a blog with her dad to rate the dinners (as they’re known across the pond) by taste, health, and “pieces of hair.”
Martha’s blog quickly “went viral” thanks in no small part to celebrity chef and healthy school meal crusader Jamie Oliver, who took notice of her project and sent her his love via Twitter.
Better still, the school is now offering students unlimited veggies, fruits, and bread with their lunches.
4. A 13-Year-Old Enlists M.B.A. Students to Build Her Start-Up
A 13-year-old girl from Connecticut named Mallory Kievman has come up with a pretty clever cure for hiccups: vinegar lollipops! She developed the idea after researching various at-home remedies—a teaspoon of vinegar, hard candy, etc—as well as the physiological reason for a bout of hiccups. Kievman is preparing to lead a team of M.B.A. students from the University of Connecticut in building a company that can bring her invention — Hiccupops, or hiccup-stopping lollipops — to market this summer.
5. San Antonio HS Senior Invents His Own Track to MIT
Back in elementary school, Patrick McCabe was looking for a way to pass some time during the weekends. So he started inventing things. In fourth grade, the San Antonio kid created a cup coaster meant to absorb water. Next he tried his hand at everything from games made out of cardboard to lightning jars. By the ninth grade, he was making his own miniature robots that performed a variety of practical functions, as well as full-scale solar-powered vehicles.
Now McCabe, a 17-year-old senior at Pasco High School, has received a full-ride scholarship to MIT, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
6. 15-Year-Old Invents Cancer Test 100 Times More Sensitive & 28 Times Cheaper than Current Tests
Not many 15-year-olds can claim responsibility for saving thousands of lives, but North County High School freshman Jack Andraka can. The Crownsville, Md., teen recently won the top prize at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair for his invention that will make pancreatic cancer detection, easier, cheaper and more accurate than ever before.
Andraka became interested in early detection for pancreatic cancer when a close family friend died of the disease. His test, a simple dip-stick blood and urine test, tests for an abnormal protein in the blood that is present when you have pancreatic cancer. It is reported to be 90 percent accurate, 1,000 times more sensitive, and 28 times cheaper than other tests — all while using the same methodology, improving the possibility of early detection.
7. Teenager Invents Anti-Aging, Disease-Fighting Compound Using Tree Nanoparticles
Here’s a pretty good kickstart for a science resume; inventing a disease-fighting, anti-aging compound using nano-particles from trees at age 16.
Janelle Tam took top honors at the 2012 Sanofi BioGENEius Challenge Canada. Her super anti-oxidant compound could one day help improve health and anti-aging products by neutralizing harmful free-radicals found in the body. Tam, a Grade 12 student at Waterloo Collegiate Institute, was awarded the $5,000 first prize by Canadian scientists assembled at the Ottawa headquarters of the National Research Council of Canada. Her competition was 13 students in Grades 11 or 12, who were top prize winners of nine regional SBCC competitions conducted nationwide in March and April.
8. 21-Year-Old Student Started College At The Age 9 & Graduates With An MD & a Ph.D
A 21-year-old Chicago man who began college at age nine and medical school three years later is about to become the youngest student ever awarded an M.D. by the University of Chicago.
Sho Yano, who was reading at age two, writing at three and composing music at five, will graduate this week from the Pritzker School of Medicine, where he also received a Ph.D. in molecular genetics and cell biology.