(Pls READ) What Intel Winner Eesha Khare Teaches Us About STEM Fields


by (courtesy vitaminw)

Tired of your cell phone dying at inopportune moments? Well, thanks to 18-year-old Eesha Khare that annoying problem may be a thing of the past.

Khare beat out 1,600 other finalists to win the 2013 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair for developing a super-capacitor that has the capability of charging a cell phone battery in under thirty seconds.

A super-capacitor is an energy storage device that can hold very large quantities of energy in a small amount of volume. Khare said her super-capacitor “can last for 10,000 charge cycles compared to batteries which are good for only 1,000 cycles.” Her invention may even be able to charge car batteries.

Khare, who will be attending Harvard University in the fall, said she will use her $50,000 prize to further her research plans.

“I will be setting the world on fire,” she said according to CBS.

Khare’s win comes at a time when U.S. educators are attempting to engage younger girls in STEM – science, technology, engineering and mathematics- fields.

Researchers at the Universities of Pittsburgh and Michigan surveyed 1,500 SAT scores from college bound students over a decade and found that women had the highest scores in the math and verbal portions of the test, compared to their male counterparts.

“This highlights the need for educators and policy makers to shift the focus away from trying to strengthen girls’ STEM-related abilities and instead tap the potential of these girls who are highly skilled in both the math and verbal domains to go into STEM fields,” said Ming-Te Wang, one of the principal researchers of the study.

The study suggested that educators should integrate STEM subjects with other classes during high school to engage female students. By employing storytelling female students are more likely to stay interested and pursue STEM fields later in life.

It worked for Khare. She said she was inspired to pursue her interest in energy storage technology because her “cell phone battery always dies.”

Thank you. TiA.


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This entry was posted on June 1, 2013 by in STAR-TECHS, WOMEN IN TECH, YOUTH.

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