High schoolers honored for innovative projects

Francela Rojas (left) The versitile robot (right)

Intel Corp. is sending 10 Costa Rican youngsters to its international science fair in Los Angeles, and the innovations developed by the students are a long way from typical high school work.

There is a robot. There is a fungus that will kill mosquito eggs. A solar collector runs a motor. Work at the cellular level aims to produce resistant hybrids. And a vest helps the disabled learn music via vibrations.

Francela Rojas Simpson of the Centro Educativo Bilingüe del Caribe in Limón developed the solar reflectors that cause a motor to run because its internal air is heated.

Franklin Chacón Huete, Dylan Andrés Bartels Mora and Juan Carlos Cambronero Heinrichs of the Colegio Científico de Costa Rica in San Pedro are using a naturally occurring fungus to infect the eggs of the Aedes aegypti mosquito, which is the primary vector for dengue fever.

Franklin Blanco Solano, Fabián Badilla Cambronero and Alessa Calderón Acuña of the Colegio Científico de Costa Rica in San Carlos are isolating the protoplasm of plant species that are susceptible and tolerant to certain funguses, bacterias and parasites in order to create hybrids

Mena Mora of the Colegio Técnico Don Bosco created a vest that contains seven sensors that will allow the disabled to experience the musical notes because each vibrating device reacts to a different note.

Luis Gerardo León Vega of the Colegio José María Gutiérrez created the robotic prototype that is designed for industrial use and the handling of materials that are dangerous to humans. The robot is controlled by wire, automatically by programming or by computer. The robot also can be controlled via the Internet.

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