Potsdam Teen Inspires With Inflatable Plane

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At 16 years old, Potsdam High School sophomore Scott Bollt is already considered a science and engineering whiz. The young scientist researches and experiments with such projects as an inflatable model airplane he made from Mylar balloons.

"Using theory and trying to come up with a result that works from that theory, I just find that really cool and that's what inspires me," Bollt said.

Last month, the teenager competed in the prestigious Dr. Nelson Ying Tri-Region Science and Engineering Fair in Onondaga County with dozens of other students. He walked away with a top prize and several other awards for his innovative airplane design.

"It also actually has better properties than a normal airplane, because it's so small," he said.

Administrators at his school say Bollt is not only a testament to what learning can inspire, but he is always eager to challenge his mind with his own brain science.

"He is a student with tremendous potential and he's already showing us that he's excelling," principal Joann Chambers said, "and I can't wait to see what he does."

Bollt's passion for science dates back to when he was 4 or 5 years old and living near the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. He would often sit and watch as jet planes flew overhead.

"I used to watch the Blue Angels go by and I just really loved to see them fly really fast," he said.

The teen says he one day wants to teach or become an aeronautical engineer for a major company.

Saturday, December 20, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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