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Student honored for science invention

A former Missoula International School student and his teacher were honored with an award ceremony for their science accomplishments to help people see better

A former Missoula International School student and his teacher were honored with an award ceremony for their science accomplishments to help people see better.

The ceremony took place at Missoula International School, where 14-year-old Julian Bain was honored for creating a device that allows eyeglasses to autofocus by manipulating the shape of the water-based lens from convex to concave.

Bain created the device in eighth grade and was selected as a prestigious MASTERS national finalist. He was one of 30 people selected to travel to Washington, D.C., and was awarded a $500 check.

Although he didn’t win first place he feels his invention could make a difference in the world.

"It helps people see better. I feel like modern eyewear is kind of unreliable, because bifocals can be disorientated switching between the two distances, and progressive lenses they have a smooth transition, but they have blurry spots on both sides of the lenses. So I thought an invention like this would really help society even if it was just the idea."

Julian is a freshman at Hellgate High School and hopes to study marine biology.

He says he had positive feedback from his invention.

"I tested my eyeglasses on 10 people such as friends and family, and I performed a statistical test, and that proved that my data was significant. If I improve these and made them more practical then they could really help the world," he said.

Missoula International School administrators hope to inspire other students to participate in science fairs.

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