Our Mission In Action - The Brittany Wenger Story
The Out-of-Door Academy's mission of providing an environment where students can achieve their highest pursuits is exemplified in Brittany Wenger.
That combination of drive, passion for knowledge, and a desire to do something good is a common theme among students at The Out-of-Door Academy. The school celebrates education of the whole child through a rigorous balance of academics, arts, athletics, and character development. Our teachers focus on the personal growth and success of each student, striving to transform a child's natural curiosity into a passion for lifelong learning, instilling the skills to leads, and building the confidence to succeed.
Brittany learned about artificial intelligence during a seventh-grade school project. She was immediately enthralled, bought a book on programming and taught herself how to code.
This passion to do something good and her curiosity for science combined with an environment where these qualities are celebrated at Out-of-Door allowed Brittany to shine.
The Out-of-Door Academy congratulates Brittany Wenger, Class of 2013, for winning the Grand Prize at the 2012 Google International Science Fair. Brittany wrote a computer program featuring artificial intelligence technology that detects breast cancer at a rate of 99% with a non-invasive aspiration biopsy.
In her quest for the top honor at the Google Science Fair, Brittany competed against over 5,000 entries. As the Grand Prize winner, Brittany won a $50,000 scholarship from Google, a National Geographic trip to the Galapagos Islands, one year of mentoring and internship opportunity with Google, CERN or LEGO, a personalized LEGO mosaic, and a one-year subscription of digital access to Scientific American archives for The Out-of-Door Academy.
Brittany will have a busy year of traveling all over the world to visit the White House, participate in TED Talks, present to groups such as BreastCancer.org, and be a part of the Intel Science Talent Search. She is also playing on the Varsity Soccer team, participating in the annual winter concert (not sure what arts she is involved with but I am finding out), and maintaining her high level of excellence in the classroom during her senior year.
Brittany looks forward to attending college next year and continuing to work on her project to help as many people as possible.