SOLAR TRACKING ROBOT
In 2011, a I was assigned to use the scientific method to test a hypothesis. Excited about clean energy, I chose to explore if more power is collected using solar panels that track the sun as compared to a typical installation with fixed panels.
To differentiate these approaches, I built a computer-controlled solar panel that followed the sun as it crossed the sky. Having absolutely no experience constructing this type of thing, I realized that I would need to use simple building materials and an easily programmable computer. Foam core and an Arduino microcontroller came to the rescue.
2011 SCIENCE FAIR AND BROADCOM MASTERS COMPETITION
Thinking of my school science project as just homework, I was very surprised when I won Best in Division and the Santa Barbara Astronomical Unit Award at the Santa Barbara County Science Fair. I went on to compete at the California State Science Fair, where I was awarded First Place in the Alternative Energy Division. Finally, I entered my project in the Broadcom MASTERS Science Fair, where I became a national semifinalist.