From the Yorktown Central School District: Yorktown High School students Tanvi Tiwari and David (Linus) Hamann, members of the school's Science Research Program, were recently recognized by the National Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology for their multi-year research projects.
Tiwari was awarded the distinction of Semifinalist and Hamann was awarded the distinction of Regional Finalist.
Michael Blueglass and Maria Pace, the directors of the Yorktown Science Research Program, said they were proud of the students' dedication and were excited their projects, which are focused on energy sustainability, are yielding the national recognition.
"These students have invested time, energy and talent in tackling challenging scientific research at a young age," said Jeniffer Harper-Taylor, president of the Siemens Foundation. "The recognition they have won today demonstrates that engagement in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics,(STEM), is an investment well worth making."
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 cools a home. By determining the optimal distance between the in-ground heat pumps, systems can become more effective and therefore more popular.
Hamann’s project focused on improving methods to improve 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.
As a Regional Finalist, David (Linus) Hamann will present his research at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on Nov. 16 and 17.
Winners of the regional events are invited to compete at the National Finals in New York in December. For more information, including a complete list of semifinalists and regional finalists, click here.
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