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Raph Burne Chosen to Present at National Junior Science and Humanities Symposium

Maharishi School Senior, Raph Burne, was selected to attend the 49th National Junior Science and Humanities Symposium (JSHS) April 27 - May 1 in San Diego. The National JSHS will be hosted by the Office of Naval Research in cooperation with the Space and Naval Warfare Research Center, San Diego. Burne was also chosen in 2010 to represent Iowa and attend the National JSHS.

At the state competition, students present their research in front of judges and an audience of scientists, teachers and students: approximately 300 people. “It’s pretty intense,” said Burne. The top five go on to represent Iowa at the National JSHS. Burne placed 5th at the Iowa Symposium for his research project entitled Building Materials of the Future: Honeycomb Cardboard. Burne elaborates, “I researched replacement materials for traditional building materials. Recycled honeycomb cardboard is a more effective heat and sound insulator than traditional materials.” To conduct his research Burne built giant model rooms. His current research is a further extension of the research he presented in 2010, using recycled rubber and paper as alternative insulation materials.

Approximately 100 adult leaders, high school teachers, university faculty, ranking military guests, and others will attend the National JSHS and join in encouraging the future generation of scientists and engineers and celebrating student achievement in the sciences.

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