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Student Feature – Veronica Reynoso

Veronica Reynoso stands in front of a first prototype of one of her inventions.

Veronica Reynoso is a junior at John F. Kennedy High School in La Palma, California. In her free time, she enjoys reading, playing the piano, and practicing karate. However, unlike most high school students, Veronica is also an avid scientific researcher and inventor and has already developed several projects dealing with limited materials and renewable resources.

Veronica states that her interest in science first came to her while she was 8 and former President Obama first took office. She explains that Obama inspired her to “become a better person, and help change the world.” Her interest in physics and engineering have already helped her in developing her projects, including a bio-luminescent light source powered by bacteria rather than batteries.

Currently, Veronica is working on a device she calls the “Ergonomic Bandaid.” Inspired by a fellow student in math class, who had a cast on at school, Veronica became interested in the injury healing process. The “Ergonomic Bandaid” is a device that uses your body as a heat source to treat injuries more effectively through cooling and heating. “Traditionally, you would need to aid your injury with a cooling gel or a heating gel, but these items require additional devices such as a refrigerator or microwave,” Veronica explains. Her invention eliminates the need for these other devices that are not always readily accessible or attainable. She hopes that with further development the device could be used in resource-poor regions, much like her other ideas, which all revolve around the concept of novel materials.

Despite the successes that she has had with her work so far, her scientific journey wasn’t by any means without difficulty. She was recently interviewed on Kababayan Today, where she shared how  limited resources forced her to compromise in some of her academic pursuits.  “The biggest lesson [she has] learned is that failing is good. It’s a way for you to start again.”

In the future, Veronica hopes to continue working on energy harvesting projects and possibly explore the world of 3D printing. This summer, she will be attending an engineering camp at MIT, which encourages young students to get involved in many construction projects, for instance, building windmills.

When asked about thoughts or advice she had for other young students, Veronica stated that students should not “be afraid to branch out and follow their passions.” Veronica has certainly followed her own advice. She is proof that passion and perseverance can manifest at any age, and “The Scientific Student” looks forward to seeing what she accomplishes in the future.

Edited by: Nelli Morgulchik & Daryn Dever