YORKTOWN, N.Y. - Yorktown High School students David (Linus) Hamann and Tanvi Tiwari are among 300 national semifinalists selected to compete in the Intel Science Talent Search for a chance to win a $100,000 top prize.
Hamann and Tiwari were selected from among 1,712 entrants representing 467 high schools in 42 states, the District of Columbia, Guam, and two U.S. overseas schools.
From the semifinalist pool, 40 finalists will then be invited to Washington, D.C. in March to participate in the final judging, displaying their work to the public, meeting with notable scientists and competing for the top prize.
Hamann was recognized for his work on improving methods of solar energy forecasting, which has been limited by inconsistent patterns of energy. If new solar energy forecasting methods can better determine when energy can be directly routed and stored, this sustainable energy source can be more effectively utilized, said teacher Michael Bluegrass.
"When you have solar panels it goes to battery, and nobody realizes even when you have it in your house it’s going to the battery," said Bluegrass, a science teacher at the high school. "He thought why couldn't we build a system that would tell the battery or the system to store the energy or when to use it?"
Tiwari's work focused on optimizing the placement of ground-source heat pumps, a form of geothermal energy that uses the energy in the ground to heat or cool a home. By determining the optimal distance between the in-ground heat pumps, systems can become more effective and therefore more popular.
Hamann and Tiwari are both members of Yorktown's Science Research Program. Each student has a mentor to help with research for the first year of the three-year program, but the vast majority of the research is carried out solely by the student.
Each of the 300 students named a semifinalist in the Intel Science Talent Search 2013 will receive a $1,000 award. Yorktown High School also will receive an award of $1,000 for each semifinalist to be used to further education in science, math, and/or engineering.
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