North County High School freshman Jack Andraka won what is considered the Olympics of science fairs with a diagnostic breakthrough in cancer treatment. The Crownsville 15-year-old won a $75,000 grand prize in this year’s Intel International Science and Engineering Fair for his new way to test for early-stage pancreatic cancer.
Andraka said the inspiration came from an uncle who died of the disease. He said the idea came to him in biology class.
“That’s what’s really cool about science to me — you can affect other people’s lives. You can basically do anything with science,” the teen winner said.