Andraka takes top honors at regional science fair for second year

Jack Andraka
Jack Andraka

Jack AndrakaJack Andraka is Anne Arundel County’s science wiz.

The North County High School sophomore won the Anne Arudnel County Regional Science and Engineering Fair for the second year in a row.

Andraka shared the award last year for his project that developed a new detection method for pancreatic cancer. That project went on to win the $75,000 grand prize at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF).

This year, Andraka’s project was titled “The Tricorder: A Novel Raman Spectrometer for Real World Applications.” The 16-year-old engineered a palm-sized device to sense a variety of chemicals in the environment with a wide variety of applications including detection of pancreatic cancer, environmental contaminants, and explosives.