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newsletter - Saturday Academy

newsletter - Saturday Academy

newsletter - Saturday

newsletterSUMMER/F ALLVOL 2ISSUE 22004saturday academy...IN THISISSUESSUE...After Saturday Academy 1-3Top Story: Student ProjectsDirector’s Letter: page 2Featured SA Alumnus: Scott Heppell;page 3SA: Art and Science 3-4Class Spotlight: Human Anatomy &Medical IllustrationFeatured Instructor: Isaka Shamsud-DinSA News Bites, Events &Announcements 5Financial Corner 6SA Supporters & Boards 7Sharat & Thomas with their American ChemicalSociety award (photo by Martha G. Dibblee)SA: Learning Doesn’t Stop When Class is OverOnce their SA experience is over, what do SA kids do with their new skills? Here are three stories!Sharat & ThomasHow do two 17-year-olds get started in air pollutionresearch that could lead to a cleanerfuture? Through SA’s Apprenticeships in Scienceand Engineering (ASE) program!As an ASE participant, Thomas Chen spentthe summer of 2002 working with Dr. RobertO’Brien, a chemist at Portland State University.Together they worked on modeling atmosphericinstabilities. Thomas became so captivatedby the topic that he spent his Friday afternoonsresearching it for the next twoyears. Sharat Ganapati, Dr. O’Brien’s apprenticein the summer of 2003, fell under thesame spell.Together Sharat and Thomas used variousmathematical methods to predict the compositionand stability of the air in the troposphere(the part of the atmosphere that’sclosest to us). Specifically, they looked athow polluted air will get depending on what itlooks like to begin with.Thomas and Sharat then turned their resultsinto a project called “Atmospheric ChemicalInstabilities,” which they submitted to theNorthwest Science Expo. It was selected asone of the top ten projects, and they were invitedto the Intel International Science andEngineering Fair. There, they earned fourthplace in team projects, received the fourthplace special award from the AmericanChemical Society, and each won $28,000 inscholarships from OSU.We’ll all breathe easier in the futuredue to the work of these buddingchemists.RileyRiley Kimball experienced the same frustrationwhen playing video games as many thirteen-year-olds:Why can’t I make the game dowhat I want it to do?So in Fall 2003, he decided to take SA’sGameMaker class. In this class, studentslearn to use the program GameMaker to createtheir own video games.Driven by a vision of what he wanted his gameto be, Riley spent many hours working athome. When he tired of using graphics andcode from templates or other games, hestarted creating his own.It took some help from his SA instructor, lotsof beta-testing (looking for bugs), and multiplerewrites to finish the game. Then hecame up with a name—Rebound—and designeda logo and packaging. After more than100 hours, his work was done. Soon hisfriends started asking for copies, and Rileybegan selling game CDs for $5 each.He even has a trade show booth for his game,which he displayed at the Intel InternationalScience and Engineering Fair. It prominentlyfeatures a “sales so far” panel (currentlyboasting 20 sales). Encouraged by his success,Riley’s at work on a sequel: MaximumRebound.(Continued on page 4)Riley at the Intel ISEFfollow your curiosity

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