Class of 2018 student, Lucy Lake, has taken out 2nd place in the Engineering Mechanics category at the Intel Science and Engineering Fair in Phoenix, Arizona.

Lucy also won a special prize for "Outstanding Originality, Analysis and Clarity in Science and Engineering, presented by the Patent and Trademark office Society USA.

In designing and producing her Biomimicry (whale) Inspired Carbon Fiber Racing Oars, Lucy noticed that there had been a plateau in racing results for competitive rowing and that the design of rowing equipment hadn’t changed for years. She tested numerous designs based on whale tubercle features with solid works and developed new oars incorporating biomimicry to diminish aero and hydrodynamic drag.

This is the third phase of oar design, following on from timber oars, laminated oars and now the biomimicry inspired design.

Each year, approximately 1,800 high school students from more than 80 countries, regions, and territories are awarded the opportunity to showcase their independent research and compete for more than $5 million in prizes.

Today, millions of students worldwide compete each year in local and school-sponsored science fairs; the winners of these events go on to participate in Society-affiliated regional and state fairs from which the best win the opportunity to attend Intel ISEF.  Lucy was awarded 2nd place in the BHP Foundation Science and Engineering Awards held in Melbourne earlier this year.

Intel ISEF unites these top young scientific minds, showcasing their talents on an international stage, where doctoral level scientists review and judge their work.