– Florida Tech awarded three $40,000 scholarships to area students who distinguished themselves in recent science fairs. One 11th grader each from the
South Area, Intracoastal and Mainland fairs earned the scholarship.
Chris Giblin from Palm Bay High School was the winner from the South Area. His project was “Identifying a Non-destructive Means for Determining the Health
of Corals by Analyzing the Surrounding Aquatic Environment.” His teacher is Mike O’Donnell.
Kenneth Etcheverry from Satellite High School won at the Intracoastal fair. His project was “Hydrogen Fuel Cells: Replacing Oil One Step at a Time.” His
teacher is Joe Scott.
At the Mainland fair, the winner was Joseph Praver from Titusville High School. His project was “Evaluating Materials of Paper Batteries for Biosystems.”
His teacher is Nancy Yates.
Winners were chosen for their research, which was aligned with research being conducted by Florida Tech faculty, for the quality of their research, and for
their ability and willingness to continue their research as an undergraduate student.