RICHLAND, Wash. – A Richland, Washington student has won the second prize in a national science fair talent search. That means 17-year- old Andrey Sushko has won $75,000 that will be applied to the high school senior’s upcoming college expenses. Sushko developed a tiny motor that could fit inside a shampoo bottle cap. It’s powered on the surface tension of water.
One day he says small engines like his could power tiny surgeon robots. They would repair humans after being ingested or injected. We reached Sushko just after he landed back home in the Tri-Cities.
Andrey Sushko: “While they were going through the awards in order obviously from tenth up to first. After to announcing places number 10, 9, 8, 7, I more or less gave up hope of getting anything. When I got second place I didn’t really know how to react.”
To win second prize, Sushko competed against more than a thousand students from across the country, as well as the 40 finalists in Washington, D.C.
Copyright 2012 Northwest Public Radio
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