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Congratulations to Delaware Valley Science Fair Participants and Award Winners

Congratulations to Delaware Valley Science Fair Participants and Award Winners

Submitted by Mr. Anton Ocepek

Last week, on Wednesday, April 3rd, the following STEM Academy students (grade) competed in the Delaware Valley Science Fair (DVSF). These students previously progressed from the Chester County Science Research Competition and the STEM Academy Research Club Fair to qualify for DVSF, representing both their school and county as the best science researchers around:

  • Akshay Sunil (9)
  • Ojas Wani (9)
  • Sruthi Desikan (10)
  • Sanath Edke (10)
  • Rithik Kamtam (10)
  • Om Patel (10)
  • Tanay Vajhala (10)
  • Pranav Ayyappan (11)
  • Team: Neha Chigurupati (11) and Akshaya Venkatesh (11)
  • Sohum Gautam (11)
  • Team: Naina Madhwani (11) and Sonya Patel (11)
  • Saptak Das (12)
  • Soham Katdare (12)
  • Prithvi Vijay (12)

 

Congratulations to each and every one of our competitors on a great showing at the fair. To even make DVSF, a competition that this year included approximately 900 students from the Allentown region and Southeastern Pennsylvania, as well as the southern half of New Jersey and the entire state of Delaware, is an accomplishment worthy of recognition and high praise.

 

At the Awards Ceremony on Thursday, April 4th, STEM Academy students received a number of awards, with an incredible 11 out of 16 students honored with an award for their project – some even receiving multiple awards! A list of the students and their awards is below:

 

  • Ojas Wani received 2nd place in 9th grade Computer Science, $75, and a certificate with his project “Implementing Machine Learning Models to Optimize ASD Diagnosis”.

 

  • Sruthi Desikan received Honorable Mention in 10th grade Physics with her project “Piezoelectricity: A Sustainable and Promising Source of Power”.

 

  • Pranav Ayyappan received a $1,500 yearly merit scholarship to Harrisburg University of Science and Technology with his project “V2a Spinal Interneurons are Synaptically Integrated in the Bicep Brachii Motor System”.

 

  • Team: Neha Chigurupati and Akshaya Venkatesh received 3rd place in the entire high school team division with their project “Advancing Autonomous Navigation and Collision Avoidance: Algorithm Development and Testing for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles and Self-Driving Cars”. They also received an Honorable Mention award from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers for excellence and outstanding effort in the development and construction of projects in the IEEE fields of interest that included a certificate and $50 prize. In addition, both Neha and Akshaya received a $1,500 yearly merit scholarship to Harrisburg University of Science and Technology.

 

  • Team: Naina Madhwani and Sonya Patel received 2nd place in the entire high school team division with their project “Eco-Friendly Water Saviors: Testing Biodegradable Hydrogels for Conservation”. They also received an Future Scientist Award from the USDA Eastern Regional Research Center for agricultural research. The award includes a certificate and an invitation to the Future Scientist Day Event at the USDA Eastern Regional Research Center. In addition, both Naina and Sonya also received a $1,500 yearly merit scholarship to Harrisburg University of Science and Technology.

 

  • Sohum Gautam received an award from the US Air Force to young high achievers that will strengthen the nation’s STEM future through their ideas and imaginations with his project “Deep Learning Artificial Neural Network Computer Vision System Integration with Unmanned Aerial Vehicles”. Sohum will receive an award package that includes a sling pack, power bank, USB flash memory drive, USB car charger and certificate. He also received a $1,500 yearly merit scholarship to Harrisburg University of Science and Technology.

 

  • Saptak Das received a 2nd place in 12th grade Computer Science, $75, and a certificate with his project “Optimizing Traffic Lights using Game Theory and Control Theory”. Saptak also received a $1,500 yearly merit scholarship to Harrisburg University of Science and Technology.

 

  • Soham Katdare received 3rd place in 12th grade Computer Science, $50, and a certificate with his project “Novel Convolutional Neural Network Architecture for Galaxy Morphology Classification”. Soham also received a $1,500 yearly merit scholarship to Harrisburg University of Science and Technology.

 

  • Prithvi Vijay received 2nd place in 12th grade Mathematics, $75, and a certificate with his project “Investigating patterns and developing a potential proof of the Collatz Conjecture”. Prithvi also received a $1,500 yearly merit scholarship to Harrisburg University of Science and Technology.

 

Our next and final competition of the year is the Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Sciences State Competition at Penn State University from May 18th – 20th. I look forward to seeing our incredible science researchers compete and earn further well-deserved awards and recognition one final time to wrap up the year.