Local Student Headed to International Science and Engineering Competition

Victoria Whitehead with her project, "G-Force: Angles Helping Pilots Go Faster." Victoria Whitehead with her project, "G-Force: Angles Helping Pilots Go Faster." Holy Spirit School

Victoria Whitehead, a freshman at Holy Spirit Catholic High School in Tuscaloosa, will be traveling to Phoenix, Arizona the week of May 12th to compete at the ITEL International Science and Engineering Fair with her project “G-Force: Angles Helping Pilots Go Faster.”

Whitehead’s project qualified for international competition after receiving first place in the physics senior division category, Best in Show, and The Naval Research Award at the regional competition held at the University of West Alabama on March 1.

The project studies gravitational force in contact with the human body during flight. With the use of centripetal force on an accelerometer, Whitehead was able to determine the gravitational force in contact with the human body at various angles to prevent G-loc (a loss of consciousness during flight).

Victoria Whitehead built the centripetal force device out of a bench grinder and used an accelerometer software on her smartphone to create centripetal force for the experiment.

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