Two Hilton Head Island sisters took the top prize in the 2014 Sea Island Regional Science Fair.
Hundreds of top finishers from individual school science fairs across Beaufort County had projects judged at last week's annual regional science fair.
The awards were announced during a ceremony at the Coastal Discovery Museum.
Ashley Hamlin, a Hilton Head Island High student, won the Grand Award for the high school division. Her project was titled "Light Speed: A Measure of Ocular Phototransduction Using Pulsed Light Emitting Diodes." Her work reevaluated 1980s-era experiments that were done during President Reagan's Space Defense Initiative. The aim of the project was to determine the human eye's ability to perceive light moving at tremendously high speeds.
Victoria Hamlin, Ashley's younger sister, won Best in Show for the middle school division. Her project was titled "Non-Pyrotechnic Recovery Actuation System", and the aim of her project was to develop a new method of activating recovery systems for research rockets carrying equipment design to take measurements and perform scientific experiments.
More than 80 high school students and 300 middle school students participated in the event. Top finishers at the high school level will now move on to the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, where more than $3 million in awards is expected to draw students from 70 countries. The event will be in Los Angeles from May 11-16.
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