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.
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.
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。
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。
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.
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.