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Alan presents his project at the TSEF on March 15. Photo submitted by Alan Mach.

Alan Mach

Alan presents his project at the TSEF on March 15. Photo submitted by Alan Mach.

Sophomore places at science fair with self-made heart rate monitor

“What initially attracted me to it wasn’t the blood-pressure itself. I was just researching, and I stumbled across this idea of a machine called a PPG, or a photoplethysmogram. I saw that it was able to detect heart rate, and scientists are trying to develop a model that measures blood-pressure with this machine. I saw an opportunity to go for something that hasn’t been created yet. I wanted to create something new and innovative. It came out better than I expected; it’s a model that I still use to this day. I feel a bit disappointed about what happened [at Tidewater]. I ended up getting second place, and I was really hoping to get first because if you get first, you can go to the State Fair. I feel like I had a good chance, but in the end, it came to a few decisions that were not in my control. Now, I’m more motivated to go further and possibly explore a new field, so that I can continue researching at the highest level.”

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