December 07, 2005

A Homegrown - and homeschooled - genius

Michelle Malkin has dubbed Michael Viscardi the "Westinghouse Wunderkind." It turns out he's also a homeschooled wizkid:

A 16-year-old California boy won a premier high school science competition Monday for his innovative approach to an old math problem that could help in the design of airplane wings. Michael Viscardi, a senior from San Diego, won a $100,000 college scholarship, the top individual prize in the Siemens Westinghouse Competition in Math, Science and Technology.

Viscardi said he's been homeschooled since fifth grade, although he does take math classes at the University of California at San Diego three days a week. His father is a software engineer and his mother, who stays at home, has a Ph.D. in neuroscience, he said.

This TimeForKids quote amuses me:

Viscardi has been home schooled since fifth grade. He takes math classes at the University of California at San Diego (UCSD) three days a week. The college level classes paid off! Viscardi worked on his winning math theorem for about six months with a UCSD professor. His father is a software engineer and his mother has a Ph.D. in neuroscience.

So, a year or two of college math "pays off" - but nothing about the seven years of homeschooling? Heh.

Posted by kswygert at December 7, 2005 09:16 AM
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