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$100,000 Science Prize Awarded

December 6th, 2012

2012 Siemens Competition winner Kensen Shi holding his check. Photo credit: GW University Photography

If you ever need motivation to do your homework … how about a cool $100,000!

17-year old Kensen Shi was announced as the grand prize winner of this year’s  Siemens Foundation  Competition in Math, Science and Technology  — and with it comes a $100,000 scholarship!

Mr. Shi a high school senior in College Station, Texas.

His project was about developing a computer algorithm that can help robots in factories. It can also make video game characters look like they’re moving more realistically, and even have applications for driverless cars , according to the Associated Press.  An algorithm is a set of instructions that is used to perform a certain task.

There was a team competition as well. That prize went three high school seniors in Hewlett, N.Y., Jeremy Appelbaum, William Gil and Allen Shin, all 17 years old. Their research project was on a plant protein linked to tumor formation. They will share a $100,000 scholarship.

The announcement was made December 4th. You can watch a video about the winners and the competition below.

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