What the 8th grader who just passed the Algebra 1 EOC could be doing seven years from now: Fixing the electronics and coding for a superconducting linear accelerator

Why do I push so hard to keep students who took Algebra 1 in middle school moving through the science and engineering pipeline by taking the right math and science courses?  Because I know they could be doing this in seven short years:

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Drew fixed two components of the John D. Fox Superconducting Linear Accelerator Facility that are critical for making the sensitive measurements of the nuclear reactions that take place in stars that FSU is well-known for.  Drew is an undergraduate physics major.  Seven years ago, he had just finished eight grade.

You can read more about Drew at the Future Physicists of Florida web site and blog.  And you can read about more young physics students there, too.  Like the graduate of Orlando’s Edgewater High who left the state to earn a bachelor’s degree in physics at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, but returned to the state – to FSU – to earn her Ph.D.  in physics working on spintronics.

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