Five FCPS high school students who took top honors this year in the annual FCPS Science and Engineering Fair earned awards at the Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair in Dallas.
Jeanelle Lin and Alex Tekeyan, from Tuscarora High, and Tarun Malarvasan, Karthik Muthukkumar and Pranav Sristy, from Urbana High, are all sophomores.
Lin and Tekeyan’s project was entitled “Alice: Robotic Hand to Translate English to American Sign Language using Speech and Text Technology for Hard of Hearing Individuals.”
Malarvasan, Muthukkumar, and Sristy’s project was entitled “DIVA: Spatial Navigation for the Visually Impaired using Depth Sensing Artificial Intelligence and Convolutional Neural Networks.
Lin and Tekeyan received a specialty award from North Carolina State University’s College of Engineering. They’re invited to take part in a week-long summer camp, completing hands-on engineering challenges, exploring solutions and sharing achievements along with other aspiring engineers.
Malarvasan, Muthukkumar and Sristy received a specialty award from Sigma Xi and placed second in their category. Sigma Xi is the international honor society of research scientists and engineers, with a distinguished history of service to science and society.