SUPERB TEENS: Quite a few remarkable stories this week of young women making waves at the high school level. Closest to the EdSurge front is Eesha Khare of Saratoga, CA who took whom a Young Scientist award from the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. Her supercapacitor design allows cellphone batteries to fully charge in 20-30 seconds. You can read about other winners and their inventions here.
Down in Florida there’s bittersweet news for Kiera Wilmot -- the curious young maker who was arrested on felony charges after an impromptu science experiment went wrong. More than a few supporters came out tweeting their own scientific mishaps, and all charges have since been dropped. But Wilmot will still need to complete HS elsewhere.
Perhaps most heartwarming is the story of senior Chelsea Fearce who is the class valedictorian despite living homeless for most of her HS career. Even more impressive is that she’ll begin college as an academic junior thanks to post-secondary courses completed in high school. Maybe she should be hanging with these guys instead?