Friday, May 16, 2014

Competing for best in state

PASSWORDS AND PERSONALITY TRAITS: Mari Cabreja, 15, an eighth-grader at the Timilty Middle School in Roxbury, right, created a science fair project about password selection with the help of Lori Ann Rizzo, RN, from MGH Perioperative Services, left. Mari’s project placed first in the Boston Citywide Science Fair competition, and earned Mari a trip to the State Middle School Science and Engineering Fair on June 14 in Worcester. “The project actually disproved my hypotheses,” says Mari. “I predicted that individuals who were more conscientious would have stronger passwords since they tend to follow rules. I also predicted that highly agreeable individuals might have weaker passwords since they might be more trusting. The results showed that agreeability actually correlated with stronger passwords, which surprised me.” Rizzo, a first-time MGH Science Fair mentor and a former high school teacher, says she wanted the project to be a fun and successful experience for Mari.

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