|Jazmine Cardenas, Nixon High School|
sophomore, will represent LISD in the
INTEL International Engineering and
Science Fair in Phoenix, Arizona. She
was also names Grand Champion of the
LISD Secondary Science Fair.
lmtonline.com, 28 February 2016
Special to the Times
Jazmine Cardenas’ mother has always believed that sleeping with your cellphone is bad for you.
Jazmine wasn’t convinced, so she conducted a thorough experiment for this year’s LISD Secondary Science Fair.
For her efforts, Cardenas won first place in the Biological, Medical, and Health Science Division and was named Grand Champion of the LISD Secondary Science Fair held recently at the Civic Center.
Cardenas, a sophomore at Nixon High School, will represent Nixon High School and Laredo ISD at the International Science and Engineering Fair in Phoenix, Arizona from May 8-13.
She will join more than 1,700 high school students from around the world who will display their independent research.
She will be accompanied by her teacher, Itzel Hinojosa.
While in Phoenix, Cardenas will showcase her individual science project entitled, “The Repercussions of Electromagnetic Fields on the Reproductive Capacity of Drosophila Melanogaster.”
Jazmine’s project focused on the electromagnetic radiation from cellphones that cause detrimental effects on whole organisms.
The purpose of the project was to confirm if electromagnetic radiation from a cellphone would have an effect on the reproductive capacity of the Drosophila Melanogaster, commonly known as the fruit fly.
After conducting 51 trials over a two-month period, with six different frequencies equal to electromagnetic fields, Jazmine’s data proved there was a difference between the groups of exposed Drosophila to that of the non-exposed fruit fly.
The data also proved that Drosophila that were exposed to higher frequencies of electromagnetic radiation has a smaller reproductive capacity than that of lower frequency exposed Drosophila.
Jazmine concluded that exposure to electromagnetic radiation waves emitted by cellphones could have serious consequences.
So, as it turns out, Jazmine’s mother was correct. Falling asleep with your cellphone might not be such a good idea after all.
Cardenas attends the Vidal M. Trevino School of Communications and Fine Arts.
She plays the clarinet for the Nixon Band and is a member of the Hannon Piano Society at the Trevino Magnet School.
She attended Milton Elementary School and Lamar Middle School.
She hopes to study science research and psychology at the University of Texas at Austin.
She is an avid reader of science fiction and mysteries.
The premier global science competition is the world’s largest international pre-college science competition, which annually provides a forum for the students in grades 9-12 to display and present their independent research.
The INTEL ISEF unites these top young scientific minds, showcasing their talents on an international stage, where doctorial level scientists review and judge their work while providing the opportunity to compete for over $4 million in prizes and scholarships.