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Finalists & Winners
2006 Finalists

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Almas Abdulla

Nicholas Anthony

Shalila Baena

Aaron Burrows

Joseph Church

David Cohn, III

Amy David

Isabella Dominguez

Cyanna Skye Edwards

Erin Edwards

Shilpi Ganguly

Jack Grundy

Anthony Hennig

Jacob Hurwitz

Otana Jakpor

Taylor Jones

Theo Jones

Nolan Kamitaki

Manpreet Kaur

Sophie Klimcak

Nicholas Lemp

Jason Lloyd

Mikael Matossian

Collin McAliley

Jayleen McAlpine

Kushal Naik

Theresa Oei

William Pete

Lindsey Precht

Mackensie Quade

Radhika Rawat

Philip Ricker

Michael Sewell

Aarthi Shankar

David Tao

Jayne Thompson

Paige Thompson

Joel Tinker

Trevor van Voorthuijsen

Scott Yu

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Sophie enjoys reading and playing soccer. A future career direction? She is "planning on taking science, engineering, and humanities courses in high school to assist my career decision."
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Some marine animals generate a weak electrical field to sense prey, a phenomenon called electrolocation. Sophie wondered whether she could train an electrolocating fish known as the black ghost knifefish to navigate a maze using only this ability to guide itself.
 
Sophie conditioned a black ghost knifefish to swim through electricity-conducting metal rings. She conditioned another black ghost knifefish to swim through only non-conducting plastic hoops. She then had both fish swim through a dark underwater maze marked with metal rings. The fish trained to swim through the metal rings finished the maze in less than half the time it took the other fish.
 

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