By Holly Cross of Oak Ridge Schools
Several Oak Ridge High School students participated in the Tennessee Junior Science and Humanities Symposium at the Holiday Inn World’s Fair Park in Knoxville on February 23-24. The symposium is sponsored by the United States departments of the Army, Navy, and Air Force, and it is administered by the Academy of Applied Science in cooperation with the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.
Oak Ridge National Laboratory also sponsors this event for the region.
Wilson Huang presented at the 11:10 a.m. time slot in Session I on Friday, February 24, with the topic, “Designing Acoustically-Driven Microrobots to Stimulate Active Matter.” Logan Rumbaugh presented at the 1:50 p.m. time slot in Session II on Friday, February 24, with the topic, “Modeling Collective Motion with Periodic Obstacles.”
Poster sessions from students at Oak Ridge High School included Ryan Armstrong presenting “Quantifying the Evolution of Gas from Li-ion Battery Materials” and Dylan Payne presenting “Correcting image distortion from an SEM.” Tammy Carneim is the school’s official teacher sponsor.
Huang won first place in the state of Tennessee at this Junior Science and Humanities Symposium. His mentors are Bradley Lokitz and Nickolay Lavrik from the Center for Nanophase Materials at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Wilson will travel to San Diego, California, during the last week of April and present his research at the National Junior Science and Humanities Symposium competition.
“Wilson did an outstanding job communicating his modeling of acoustically driven microrobots,” Carneim said. “He and the rest of our competitors represented Oak Ridge High School well.”
A total of $4,500 in undergraduate tuition scholarships—awarded at $2,000, $1,500, and $1,000—were presented to the top three finalists at the TJSHS. The scholarships can be used at any school of the student’s choice and will be payable upon matriculation.
The top four student presenters and the top poster presenter receive an all-expense-paid trip to attend and compete at the national JSHS, where the top two TJSHS winners will be able to compete in the national competition for additional scholarships.
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