Student Wins 4th Place at the Bay Area Science Fair

posted Apr 6, 2011, 8:33 AM by rthompson@stjohnsacademysf.org   [ updated Apr 6, 2011, 11:03 AM by Maria Kotar ]

St. John's Academy is proud to announce that seventh grader Anthony Maximov took 4th place at this year's Bay Area Science Fair. Anthony had advanced to the Bay Area Science Fair after winning 3rd place at the Randall Museum San Francisco Science Fair.

Anthony asked the question, "Can we use the light produced by indoor lighting, found in public places like schools, offices, and malls, to re-charge batteries in cell phones, laptop computers or even hybrid-electric cars using solar panels placed on walls, cubicles and other places?" In order to answer this question, Anthony ran an experiment which tested the amount of solar electrical power produced by different kinds of light bulbs: incandescent, fluorescent, halogen and LED. Readings of the amps and voltages produced by these lamps were taken as these were placed at different distances from a solar panel.

Anthony observed that it is possible to produce energy using indoor lights but the effectiveness of the bulbs varied greatly. Anthony found that spherical bulbs tend to create dispersed light and were less effective. He also found that the distance of the solar panel from the light source greatly affected the productiveness of all four light sources. Anthony's original hypothesis was that fluorescent lights would create the most energy. However, through this experiment, Anthony found that halogen lights, with their concentrated light, produced the most energy.

Saint John's Academy congratulates Anthony on his achievements.


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