Surf zone study earns young scientist first place

Top prizes awarded in Broadcom MASTERS science competition for middle schoolers

By Devin Powell, 16:16 PM October 4, 2011

A typical 14-year-old goes to the beach to play in the waves. But Daniel Feeny went to a beach near Pescadero, Calif., to study them. Using a homemade rig of springs and balls set up in a tide pool, he showed that the force of the waves there doesn’t dictate the diversity of marine life close to shore.

“I discovered that nature doesn't work that way, it’s not that simple,” says Feeny, who ran his experiment as an eighth-grader at Woodside Elementary School. “There are so many variables that...

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