When Raghav Tripathi was in second grade at Findley elementary school in Portland Oregon, his mom broke her leg while skiing. She refused to take pain medication because of the side effects. That incident spurred Raghav to start a search that ultimately culminated in reaching the top levels at Siemens competition in Math,Science, and Technology, and Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF), and receiving a full college scholarship for a 8 year medical program at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. We are working on an exclusive interview with Raghav in an upcoming post. Stay tuned to the blog for the interview on these pages, and you will not be disappointed.
You will find Raghav’s and many other inspiring stories in Mathus Academy’s “Rewards of Science” blog series. If you haven’t read them or seen the associated videos, run! Run to the blog, click on the tag Science Saturdays, read the posts and get inspired. For the last couple of months, we have been running this series that includes stories of kids who did extraordinary stuff and were recognized and rewarded with scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $100,000 at Google Science Fair, Siemens competition in Math, Science and Technology, Intel Science Talent Search (STS), Intel ISEF, JSHS etc. Links for all major competitions are available on the blog post ‘useful educational links‘.
We are fortunate to live an world that provides ample opportunities for children to be curious and recognizes and rewards when they pursue their curiosities to open new doors for human kind. The rewards of pursuing scientific curiosity are many. The most important reward is the inner satisfaction of fulfilling intellectual curiosity and doing something original. As you pass through different stages of the research, there are other rewards of meeting other extraordinary kids, professors, and scientists, being recognized for your efforts, and winning scholarships. It is up to each of us on how well we can utilize these opportunities. Our goal at Mathus Academy is to bring awareness to the parents and children, and hopefully play a small part in building the next generation of scientists.
If you know of any inspiring scientific story of a child, or have a question or comment, please write to us at the comments link below the article on the blog.