Student Hunter Snowden Named National Science Fair Semifinalist

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Congratulations to Liberty freshman Hunter Snowden who was named a National Science Fair Semifinalist. Snowden was one of 300 students who were chosen from more than 6,000. Snowden won Liberty’s science fair as an 8th grader last year, then with his project won the region and 3rd place at state.

Snowden’s teacher will receive a set of science books for her classroom and a monetary gift. Snowden will learn on Aug. 31st if his project reaches the finalist level. If it does, Snowden will travel to Washington, D.C. next month for the final competition.

Snowden’s project, “Video Game Player: Couch Potato or Athlete” measured whether or not physically active video games produced enough of an increase in blood pressure and heart rate to be considered true exercise, and was it enough of an exercise that it could be used in nursing homes or other venues to help people who could not get outside to exercise?

Snowden found that the active video games did meet the calculation used to be considered “true” exercise, therefore producing a therapeutic form of exercise equal to the formulaic equation used for measuring true exercise in the medical and physical education fields.

This national competition of science fair projects is administered by the Society for Science and the Public, a nonprofit organization in Washington, D.C. that was founded in 1921 to advance the understanding of science through publications and educational programs.

The sponsor of this competition is Broadcom, a Fortune 500 semiconductor company that was founded in 1991. Broadcom MASTERS, which stands for Math, Applied Science, Technology, and Engineering for Rising Stars, is a national science, technology, engineering, and math competition in the U.S. for 6th, 7th, and 8th graders designed to inspire and encourage the nation’s young scientists, engineers, and innovators.

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