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Nigel Barnett.has spent his childhood designing, building, destroying and tinkering. He started with LEGOs, moved on to DC motors and circuits, then computer hardware, 3D printing, and now, in high school, a solar car.

总有一天他可能会带着他对建筑物到国际空间站的热爱。

奈杰尔的西雅图拉西贝克航空高中是一个17岁的高级,是Geekwire的Junior Geek of the Month4月。每月荣誉,呈现北方信托,认识到太平洋西北地区的才华横溢的年轻创新者,创作者和企业家。

A STEM kid like many who have been nominated for Junior Geek, Nigel is particularly interested in the way stuff is built and moves. Learning more about physics and aerodynamics and engineering has only fueled that interest.

“I find that learning new subjects is really cool because I get to look at everyday objects differently and I get to understand how they work better,” Nigel said. “Before, I didn’t really know why you would have to have heat sinks or spreaders on technology components and fans. Now that we’ve gone through stuff about physics, I’ve learned why that’s important.”

Nigel, who lives in Newcastle, Wash., has been taking Running Start classes through Bellevue College and will be attending Massachusetts Institute of Technology, with plans to study mechanical engineering, most likely with an aerospace or aeronautical focus.

Nigel Barnett.works on the brakes of a solar-powered car. (Photo courtesy of Nigel Barnett)

At Raisbeck he’s been involved in the school’sGreen Energy Team在20名左右的学生中,他是球队太阳能汽车的主要结构设计师。虽然它看起来像是加入麻省理工学院的太阳能努力的逻辑过渡,但奈杰尔正在将他的焦点转移到可能加入一个皇家枪队。

“我不知道这是公平的,说我有一个职业规划,”他说。“但我有一些愿望成为工程师,并希望之后成为宇航员。但这就在那里。我更专注于这一点成为工程师。“

他说他最初选择了拉西贝克,因为他以为他想成为一名飞行员并成为一个宇航员,但他意识到它会更加灵活,更适合他的利益成为一个工程师。

“我研究过的宇航员的一个非常普遍的主题是对科学的兴趣和对探索的兴趣,”奈杰尔说。“我想我可以真正地了解这两个角色特征。”

他补充说,能够从国际空间站俯视地球是“真的很酷”。他嘲笑他可能有一天的想法spend a few hundred thousands dollars并乘坐商业空间。

“如果你了解发生的一切,或者也许你是贡献,我认为这有点好,”他说。“这让它变得非常特别。”

今年夏天,奈杰尔在加入了群组研究机会时,开始了最后一名夏天麻雀海狸夏季研究所to help develop a contact tracing application to monitor the spread of COVID-19. He’s been into 3D printing since the 8th grade when he first saw a 3D printing demo at a Microsoft Store in Seattle. Using his skills, he joined an online group that was printing face shields to help with the shortage of that personal protective equipment during the height of the pandemic.

奈杰尔的妈妈Hazel Bhang Barnett表示,她儿子的令人讨厌本身就是说话。

“Nigel hasn’t won any renowned competitions, awards, or patents, but students like Nigel help project teams function, share hard-earned, self-taught know-how for the greater good, and persevere till the end despite setbacks,” she told GeekWire.

提名初级怪杰

Geekwire将拥有一个新的初级贵重群岛,意思是捕捉他们希望如何通过令人讨厌的追求对世界产生积极影响。此外,他们将获得我们项目合作伙伴,北方信任的特殊认可。

Do you know an exceptional Junior Geek between the ages of 12 to 20 who is going to change the world?提交A.nomination

Nominees must be residents of the Pacific Northwest, and parental information must be included for those nominees under the age of 18. Jr. Geeks may nominate themselves but please be sure to include your parent or guardian’s contact information.

阅读我们以狗万平台前的初级奖获得者的初级吉克。

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