Hemanth Asirvatham

Student, Jefferson Elementary School, Rochester, Minn.

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Hemanth Asirvatham is a creative fifth grader who, for as long as he can remember, has been inquisitive about finding attainable solutions for seemingly insurmountable problems he has been aware of.

Early forays into the scientific realm included testing a system where magnetized particles in water improved the efficiency of a hydroelectric generator. Another effort was identifying a unique protective coating to make future space travel safe, where he used a microwave model as a testing arena. Both these projects were awarded first-place purple ribbons at the regional science fair.

More recently, Hemanth has been engrossed in understanding autism, especially after befriending schoolmates who have this disorder. His ExploraVision project and suggested futuristic solution stem from this interest.

In addition to science, he enjoys soccer and Indian classical music, but his twin passions are Star Trek and playing pranks on his brother and sister.