"Correlation between Peel Speed and Intensity of Triboluminescence in Adhesive Tape" sounds a little sticky for the non-scientist, but it means basically looking at how fast you peel tape off something and how much light is generated when you do (it has a medical application) - and it won Mooresville's Elizabeth Schroder about $11,000 in scholarships at the Intel International Science & Engineering Fair (ISEF) in Los Angeles in June. Schroder, a student at the N.C. School of Science and Mathematics in Durham, won an $8,000 Navy and Marine Corps award, and a $3,000 Army award.
Alexander Cecil of E.E. Waddell High wondered how silver nanoparticles in everyday products might affect organisms in soil. So he did a project titled "The Assessment of Silver Nanoparticles in the Environment on Gene Expression in C. Elegans." (C. Elegans is a roundworm.) That placed first in the Environmental Science category for an Air Force Award at the ISEF, winning him $3,000, and second in Environmental Science overall, for another $1,500.