April 14, 2012

SandBoxBlogs: Colorado Springs Gazette "Algae-filled bedroom leads to grand prize at science fair"

Carol McGraw:
"Sara Volz, a junior at Cheyenne Mountain High School, has won the grand prize in the senior division at the 57th Colorado Science and Engineering Fair at Colorado State University.


Volz’ topic is titled Optimizing Algae Biofuels: Artificial Selection & Nitrogen Stress as Methods to Induce Lipid Synthesis.”

Yes, it’s complicated. Just know that she has shelves and shelves of algae growing in her room and that her mother Pattye Volz is happy about that because the 30 beakers used to be on her kitchen counter.

This is Sara’s second year of winning the state grand prize. She’s been a competitor for six years.

“It was awesome, there was a lot of tough competition and I didn’t expect to win again,” she said.

She will compete in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair May 13-18  in Pittsburgh.  Last year, she won first place in the energy and transportation category at the international event...."
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