MARTINSBURG – Two women scientists from Berkeley County schools were honored at Monday night’s board of education meeting for their impressive work in the field that earned them a spot at the international science fair.
Bronte Stump and Spring Mills High freshman Makaylee Haynes both presented their plans during the meeting and were presented to the board.
In addition to his place at the international fair, Stump also received the US Air Force Award of Excellence and the Most Outstanding Exhibit Award in Computer Science, Engineering, Physics or Chemistry from the Yale Science & Engineering Association. . It all came from his impressive work with supercomputers, going into everything with the simple question of whether a supercomputer could be created for less than $ 1000.
Stump explained in a video showcasing his experience that supercomputers run faster than a regular computer but also cost a lot more because they run multiple computers at the same time. Using a Raspberry Pi base, Stump was able to create a supercomputer for just under $ 750.
Haynes’ experiment examined the shape of paper planes, leading to the hypothesis that a fighter design – one with wider wings – would go beyond the traditional design. Ultimately, his hypothesis was supported by significant statistical data.
“I know I speak on behalf of teachers, administrators and schools when I say congratulations to these students,” said Maranda Ralph, secondary education specialist. “The schools of Berkeley County are extremely proud of these two fantastic young scientists.”
Welcomed by applause from the board and those in attendance, Board Chairman Dr Darin Gilpin congratulated the two scientists on their work.
“It’s very impressive, both,” he said.