Shrimp shell preservative wins Intel’s high-school contest

11th grader Nguyen Hai An from Ho Chi Minh Coty has won a special prize in an invesntion contest organized by Intel Vietnam for his idea to turn shrimp shells, salty water, and ashes into preservatives.

An, a student at Tran Dai Nghia Specialized High School, proposed a method that would make use of huge amounts of shrimp shell waste produced every year in Vietnam.

Other 11th graders from Tran Dai Nghia also received a special prize for an idea about refractory telescopes.

Other prizes went to ideas that attempt to cope with current issues ranging from green energy to a pervasive “nail trap” problem on Vietnamese roads (repair shops scatter nails on streets to increase customers).

All special prize winners will attend the 2011 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair for high school students this May in the United States.

Source: Vietfish International

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