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Award-Winning High School Science Projects at Balboa Park

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Aired 4/19/09

Hundreds of middle and high school students showed off their award-winning science fair projects at Balboa Park on Friday. KPBS reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

This year more than 830 students took part in the Greater San Diego Science and Engineering Fair. Some of their projects tried to answer questions such as whether a female brain remembers more than a male brain, or how residue from fireworks effect the environment. But the top prizes went to students whose projects are steeped in scientific research.

Gregory Hirshman is a senior at La Jolla County Day school. He looked into how a security code once widely used by banks and businesses was decoded. His 376-page report builds on what Chinese and Qualcomm researchers have already documented.  

Hirshman : They make a lot of statements and assertions but they don't give proof, they don't give evidence why that must hold, so I actually provide that, and I actually found some errors in their papers.

Hirshman worked alongside a Qualcomm expert to come up with his conclusion. The 18-year-old won $2,000 for the project. Ana Tintocalis, KPBS News.

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