Three Rhoades students – current 8th grader Tejas Ravi (pictured) and recent graduates Arjun Chatha and Bhadra Rupesh – were selected as members of the Top 300 MASTERS in the 2020 Broadcom MASTERS®.
Broadcom MASTERS® (Math, Applied Science, Technology and Engineering for Rising Stars), a program of Society for Science & the Public, is the premier middle school science and engineering fair competition, inspiring the next generation of scientists, engineers and innovators who will solve the grand challenges of the 21st century and beyond.
Our students’ projects were titled:
Fall Detection: Using Artificial Intelligence to Help the Elderly – Arjun explored a project that could help elderly individuals at risk of falling by employing artificial intelligence through the use of a camera coupled to a computer. After carrying out many trials, Arjun developed a human pose detection CNN (convolution neural network) that recognized and quantified key changes in body position as a novel means of fall detection for the elderly.
The Effects of Various Wavelengths on Rod Activity – Tejas’s project focused on rod bleaching many people experience when driving at night. Tejas measured the effects of exposure to various visible light wavelengths on the preservation of rod cell function. In his experiments, Tejas applied a summation formula to calculate and compare rod sensitivities. According to Tejas’s results, utilizing light of only blue-green wavelengths at night for road signage and vehicle lights would better preserve rod activity in our eyes than allowing exposure to the full spectrum (white light).
Evaluating Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms in the Correlation of Phenotypes to Type 2 Diabetes – Bhadra evaluated 15 single nucleotide polymorphisms in an attempt to assess possible correlations to phenotypes associated with Type 2 diabetes. To perform her analysis, Bhadra wrote a software program in Python and surveyed tremendous volumes of data sets she accessed through the online Type 2 diabetes Knowledge Portal. Bhadra discovered that several polymorphisms she examined had strong correlations to phenotype indicators of Type 2 diabetes.
This honor places them among a select group of 300 middle school science and engineering projects in the US from 3,476 entrants. The next step in the Broadcom MASTERS takes place later this month when 30 finalists will be selected from the Top 300 MASTERS®.
Congratulations to Tejas, Arjun, and Bhadra on this outstanding achievement!