“It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer.”
— Albert Einstein
Back in February, I gloated a little about my son Zachary who was selected to represent his school at the Northwest Regional Science Expo in March. Today was that day.
After getting an invitation to compete, he decided to completely redo his experiment. The goal was to take his first experiment with dye-sensitized solar cells farther, and isolate and analyze just the anthocyanin in the fruits. Over the course of the two weeks preceding the competition, he isolated specific concentrations of the chemical, built dozens of specially-coated solar cells, measured, tested, and analyzed.
This week, as he finished his testing, he spent many late nights (2am?!) putting together his reports, tables, and speech. By the time Friday got here, he was a tired boy.
But in the end, he was rewarded for his efforts. These are the awards he won against over 400 other students from throughout the region:
- Tom Owen Award for Excellence in Statistics (earning him $50)
- “Outstanding In Solar” Award (earning him a tour of the Solar World facility)
- Best Use of The International System of Units
- An Invitation to apply and compete to be a Finalist in the Broadcom Masters National Competition in Washington D.C.
- 1st Place in the category Physics. (earning him $50)
Persistence paid off for Zachary. And I’m once again a proud papa.
Today’s gift of time – My only role was to loan one of my ties and go with my wife, spending part of an afternoon supporting my son and his classmates. They all were winners.