This weekend, Erin Hollander is headed to her dream destination: Pittsburgh.
Well, that’s not really her dream. The place could be Philadelphia or Poughkeepsie, for all it matters. Pittsburgh is just the place where the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair is held this year.
And 17-year-old Erin has been dreaming of attending this event since she was in the fourth grade. That’s when she first entered the Georgia Science and Engineering Fair, a venue for displaying the science and engineering research of middle- and high-school students in the state.
Four years later, she won the grand award for the junior division in the Georgia Science and Engineering Fair. Her project was on using lichens as bioindicators of environmental health. She conducted her work at home.
This year, she won the Pinnacle Award at the science fair, for her project entitled: “Carotenoids for