BANGOR – It’s described as one of the most prestigious science competitions of its kind, and a Bangor High School senior has placed in the top 300.
Noah Robinson found out a couple weeks ago he placed in the top 300 in the Regeneron Science Talent Search. On Wednesday, Robinson will find out if he’s gotten into the top 40. In the meantime, our news team sat down with the student on Tuesday to see how he’s gotten this far.
“I was pretty excited, I found out in my physics class,” said Robinson.
He credits the school’s STEM program, and his mentor, Cary James.
“These are the best of the best,” said James, the science department head and STEM director at Bangor High School. “The kids who submit research papers to the competition are probably the finest people in high school science research in the country.”
Robinson was picked from almost 2,000 applicants, and he’s one of only two from Maine.
He was selected for his behavioral science project, where he determined the building a person votes in can influence how they vote.
“So like if you’re voting inside a church versus inside a different type of building, you might be more likely to vote for a certain political party,” said Robinson, “just based on the associations you have on where you’re voting.”
For making it this far, Robinson gets $2,000 for himself and another $2,000 for the school.
The competition is next narrowed down to the top 40 science students. They get another cash prize, up to $250,000 for first place, and get flown out to Washington, DC.
A Bangor student has gotten the number one spot before. And another Bangor student has made it to the top 300 before.
“If I did get to go, there would be 39 other people that also got to go,” said Robinson. “So getting to know them and their stories would be something that I personally would really look forward to doing.”
Robinson plans to study psychology when he attends college at Yale.
In the meantime, he’ll keep researching in the field he’s passionate about.
“In the STEM program you choose your own questions, and you find your own answers, and that’s what really has drawn me to it, because I just like doing stuff out of the box,” said Robinson.
Wednesday at noon, the top forty list will be posted on the Regeneron Science Talent Search’s website.