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The Daily Ardmoreite
  • ACS eighth grader flies high at science fair

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  • Jacob Nichols has his eyes on the sky.
    The Ardmore Christian School eighth-grader won the school's Annual Science Fair with an experiment on aerodynamic lift.
    He tested the lift of air foils, wing-shaped foam pieces, using a wind tunnel. Nichols made the air lifts and wind tunnel himself.
    The results were a little surprising.
    "The littler wings, and the thinner wings went the highest, but then the next best was twice as thick," he said. "Both lifted at high speed."
    Nichols has attended the Chickasaw Nation Aviation & Space Academy for the past three summers. In 2012, he won the Super Top Gun Award and will be attending a space camp in Huntsville, Ala., this summer.
    "I'm looking forward to meeting the astronauts because I think it's cool and I would like to hear their stories," Nichols said.
    Nichols also drew inspiration from his previous experience with the Chickasaw Nation's For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology robotics team.
    "They had a wind tunnel there that I modeled mine after," he said.
    In his free time, Nichols builds robotics kits and plays guitar. He is the son of Melissa and Joey Nichols.
    Nichols plans to study aerospace engineering at the University of Oklahoma and get a pilot license.
    "I like OU because they have a really good aviation program," he said. "Then I want to design airplanes."
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