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Rochester Regional Science Fair

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ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- More than 300 local students participated in Rochester's Regional Science Fair on Friday.  Ishaan Govindarajan is an eighth grader from Friedell Middle School and spent months preparing for the fair.

"My dad would pester me about mowing the lawn and I always thought, 'we have so much technology in the world, yet we still have to do all of this manual labor, why can't there be an easier solution to do stuff like this," Govindarajan said.

Instead of making an excuse to get out of mowing the lawn, Ishaan began building a robot with his friend.  They called the experiment, "The Development and Testing of Different Algorithms to Completely Cover a Given Area."  They used different algorithms to program the robot to move in any direction.  Now, months later, Govindarajan is competing with other young scientists.

Students like Amber Godfrey, a ninth grader at Century High School.  Godfrey was tired of using synthetic hair dyes that not only weakened her hair, but, according to Godfrey, had been linked to causing cancer.

"I know a lot of hairstylists who work with the hair dye and -- it's just horrible that they don't know that this is what they're exposed to," Godfrey said.

For the young and curious, the science fair has been a learning experience.

"It's really just nice to do things in steps and have your own small goals to complete," Govindarajan said.

Winners will be announced at an award ceremony on Saturday morning.

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