Innovate and celebrate – Redmond MS student named finalist in national science competition


Innovate and celebrate – Redmond MS student named finalist in national science competition
Advaish Badrish

Redmond Middle School eighth grader Advait Badrish is on his way to Washington D.C. as a finalist in the 2023 Thermo Fisher Scientific Junior Innovators Challenge. This is the nation’s premier STEM research competition for middle school students. Advait was nominated by the Washington State Science and Engineering Fair for his project titled "HeartNN: A High-Accuracy Neural Network for Cardiac Auscultation." Out of nearly 1,500 entries submitted for the national competition, there are now 30 finalists competing for more than $100,000 in prizes. All finalists will receive a $500 cash award. There is also prize money dedicated to some of the finalists’ schools. 

According to the competition’s website, the Thermo Fisher Junior Innovators Challenge, a program of the Society for Science, seeks to inspire young scientists, engineers and innovators who will solve the grand challenges of the future. The finalists in this year’s event will travel to Washington, D.C. from October 28 – November 2 to participate in the Finals Week of the competition. Each student will be judged on both their science research projects as well as their demonstration of collaboration and critical thinking skills during team challenges, emphasizing the importance and value of teamwork in STEM fields. 
 


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