A new computer model of tree growth could help combat climate change—and it was developed by a pair of high school students.
Eli Echt-Wilson and Albert Zuo, high school seniors from Albuquerque, New Mexico, were chosen as two of the $100,000 grand prize winners in the annual Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology. The other winner, 18-year-old Peter Tian of Columbus, Ohio, came up with a pattern avoidance system that could have applications in circuit design and robot motion planning (i.e. helping robots find the shortest path between two points without crashing into obstacles).
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