1st Place: Avery Brock
Avery is a high school senior who made a two-part entry consisting of an LED tie and an LED matrix suit pocket insert. Avery’s projects showed a lot of thought put into the design and implementation of the electronics for ease of access to turn them on or repair them if needed. His video had a ton of documentation and very clearly labeled what was going on with all the parts, as well as demonstrations of them in action.
2nd Place: Gregory Evans
Gregory built a light-up bowtie that actually won him the “Best Dressed” award at his prom! We loved all the work he put into designing different, interesting modes for the bowtie’s LEDs. He had very clean and well-designed integration of the LEDs into the pattern of the tie, as well as the casing for the controller on the back of the tie, and his parts and prototyping process were very well documented!
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