Last night in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, two 17 year old Ticos were awarded second prize in different categories at the world’s largest high school science research competition. The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair hosted it’s annual competition with 1,500 high school students from 68 countries around the world, 11 of whom were Costa Rican.
Jose Miguel Gonzales Arias won second place, and received a special certification for his project’s innovation and economic importance. His project was a Braille keyboard, printer and recyclable sheets. He turned a standard desk-top printer into a Braille printing device that boasts a keyboard and stores data. The sheets that are used can then be recycled after printing.
Luis Gerardo Leon-Vega from Guanacaste, also won second place in the Best of Electrical and Mechanical Projects. He designed a prototype of a wheelchair for quadriplegic people controlled by neural impulses.
Congratulations to Jose, Luis and all of the other Ticos and Ticas that had the opportunity to participate in this competition and represent their country!