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Dixie Student Wins Science Award, Donates Foldscopes to NKY Schools

A Dixie Heights High School student won an Emperor Science Award, a program produced by PBS.

100 students are selected from across the country to be paired with a university-level mentoring scientist to collaborate on a cancer research project.

“Science has really changed my life, and I want the same thing to happen with other students,” said Will Broomhead, a second-year scholar in the Biomedical Sciences Academy at the Kenton County Academies of Innovation and Technology (KCAIT), and a junior at Dixie Heights High School.

Broomhead also received a $1,500 stipend which he used to purchase 700 foldscopes (similar to microscopes) to donate to five Northern Kentucky schools. 

He plans to follow up with students and teachers from those schools so that they can share their findings from using the new foldscopes.

Broomhead delivered those foldscopes last week to Ockerman Middle School, Villa Madonna Academy, St. Joseph - Crescent Springs, Covington Latin School, and Gray Middle School.

“I set up a Facebook page called Foldscopes for Kentucky so participating students and teachers could share their Foldscope findings,” Broomhead said. “I will be in touch with the students and teachers throughout the next two years seeing how they are doing and finding new things for the students to research. I would love for this program to spread throughout the entire state.”

-Staff report
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