Teen builds nuclear reactor for science fair, gets disqualified
A nuclear reactor built by a Wyoming teenager isn't enough for a science fair that disqualified him from their competition. Fair officials did not censure the teen for building the fusion reactor, but for entering too many science fairs in the wrong order.
Conrad Farnsworth, an 18-year-old from Newcastle, Wyoming, built the reactor in his father's garage. He ordered some parts online, and traded for other parts he needed. Farnsworth is one of only about 15 students to have ever created such a device, and the first from the Equality State.
"It's frustrating having four years to get to a single point go down the drain. It's a science fair. Seriously, aren't they supposed to be promoting science and not bureaucracy?" Farnsworth said.
The student graduated high school this year and will be attending the South Dakota School of Mines....