By Holly Korbey
Last spring, 18-year-old Eesha Khare of Saratoga, Calif., developed a super-capacitor that can charge a cell phone in less than 30 seconds. The super-capacitor can be used for other products, too — maybe even providing a solution for charging electric cars.
Khare, who won $50,000 in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair for his invention, is an inspiration — and an exception. Most American high school students aren’t leaning toward careers in math or science — actually, they’re leaning away. A recent report by STEMconnector and My College Options shows that 60 percent of students who begin high school with an interest in science or math lose that interes by graduation.