Low Country Teen Attends Science Symposium in Japan

Ben Rosenberg
Ben Rosenberg

One Low Country teen is getting international attention. Leading scientists invited Ben Rosenberg to Japan to try out new laser beam technology and help advance the field.

Ben looks like your typical teenager. He plays in the high school band, hangs out with friends, and is on his way to becoming an Eagle Scout. But this Hilton Head High School sophomore is being internationally recognized for his research in beamed energy propulsion, part of his science fair project. He used a laser beam to move a paper airplane.

"How it works is, you fire a laser at a metal target," Ben explained. "The metal turns from a solid to a gas and pushes off a layer of liquid."

His profound research earned him a spot at the International Symposium on Beamed Energy Propulsion in Japan, where he spent three weeks working with leading scientists. In fact, Ben was even asked to give a presentation on his research.

"It was very nerve racking," he said. "I was the youngest person there by many years. It was pretty cool to be in the same room as so many of the professors of the world and tell them what I did."

Ben's findings from that project will now be published in the next edition of the Symposium book. Ben's father, John Rosenberg, told us, "He was really accepted as one of them, they adopted him in a lot of ways. Dr. Yabe put him in one of the top research centers in the world. So, yes, I'm extremely proud."

While in Japan, Ben received a number of offers to help other scientists throughout the world with their projects in laser beam technology. But, he tells us, he's not sure if he'll be taking them up on their offers.

Reported by: Jaime Dailey, jdailey@wtoc.com