Sisters are tops in science

A pair of sisters – one from Hilton Head Island High School and the other from Hilton Head Middle school – are the top prize winners in the 2014 Sea Island Regional Science Fair.  Victoria Hamlin, left, won Best in Show for the middle school division for her project “Non-Pyrotechnic Recovery Actuation System.”  Her work was aimed at developing a new method of activating a recovery system for “sounding rockets,” research rockets that carry instruments designed to take measurements and perform scientific experiments.  Her older sister Ashley, who attends Hilton Head Island High, won the Grand Award for the high school division for her project “Light Speed: A Measure of Ocular Phototransduction Using Pulsed Light Emitting Diodes.”  Hamlin’s work reevaluated 1980s-era experiments done during President Reagan’s Space Defense Initiative and was aimed at determining the human eye’s ability to perceive light moving at tremendously high speeds.


Hundreds of Beaufort County science students, all top finishers at individual school science fairs across the county, had their work judged at the annual regional science fair.