2014 Brevard County, Florida Science Fair First Place in Physical Science: Maya Holland
Third grader Maya Holland was clear from the start. No butterflies, no seeds, and no moms allowed. "I want to do a science project on electricity with my Dad because I want to win." Maya's father learned from his father, an electrician. Maya was a baby when her family lived off grid in Costa Rica. There, Maya's father and grandfather developed an alternative energy system to power their home. Her winning science project measured and compared the heat generated from two different light-bulbs. She measured the temperatures of LED and Filament light-bulbs with a laser thermometer over the course of ten to thirty minutes and recorded the averages. After the 30 minutes, the filament bulb reached over 180 degree F. She's already planning with her father interesting ways to expand on the idea for next year's competition. "She's a serious winner," said her teacher. "She will be the scientist that makes the world a better place." She did need a new dress for the occasion. She designed it herself and allowed mom to sew it up– GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard), certified Organic Cotton in butterflies, flowers and seeds of course. Congratulations Maya!