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Mar. 27, 2019 - Genius Olympiad Science Finalists

Genius Olympiad Logo Entries were submitted from 74 countries to the GENIUS Olympiad (Global Environmental Issues and Us), an international competition of science, robotics, music, business and visual/performance art which promotes global understanding of environmental issues and the achievement of sustainability. The GENIUS Olympiad provides challenges and opportunities for secondary school students and aims to instill the skills and knowledge needed to be citizens, leaders, scientists, artists, writers, engineers and policy makers of the future.

In all categories of competition, a total of 1,657 applicant projects were received, with approximately 53% accepted to the competition overall. Reaching the finalist stage in the GENIUS Science category of competition were thirteen projects from Texas and of these, eleven were science finalists from Plano ISD.

GENIUS science projects should provide understanding and solutions to environmental problems using scientific knowledge. Students are expected to present a solution using scientific methods for a problem which fits in one of the following categories: ecology and biodiversity, environmental quality, human ecology, innovation and resource and energy.

Congratulations to these Plano ISD student finalists who will continue to the next level of competition on June 19-21 at the Oswego State University of New York:

  • Sanjana Hiremath and Sriya Teerdhala, Plano East Senior High School, The Bioremediation of Tetracycline Polluted Soils: How Antibiotic Resistance Can Reduce Antibiotic Pollution in the Environment and a Solution to Groundwater Antibiotic Pollution
  • Aryan Jain and Rishit Thakkar, Plano East Senior High School, Override Carbon Dioxide
  • Harshika Jha, Plano West Senior High School, Manipulation of Alpha Particle Trajectories through the Development of Non Quantum Modular Light Emitting Micro Controllers for Industrial Applications
  • Avi Patel and Thomas Paul, Plano East Senior High School, Admire the Wire. Using Intrinsically Self-Healing Polymers in Order to Create more Effective Wire Insulation
  • Sidhya Peddinti, Plano East Senior High School, Alzpredict: A Pragmatic Machine Learning Tool to Diagnosis and Drug Targets for Alzheimer’s Patients
  • Navya Ramakrishnan, Jasper High School, An Intelligent System for the Early Detection of Eye Diseases that Lead to Irreversible Vision Loss
  • John Rho, Shepton High School, Cost Effective, High Efficiency Remediation of Air Pollution (Fine Particulate Matter (PM2.5) and Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCS)) Through an Automated Trash Derived Purification Apparatus
  • Manish Samson, Plano Senior High School, Synthesis of a Biocompatible Polymeric Implant Using Nanoparticles for a Targeted and Controlled Drug Delivery in Physiological Mediums to Relieve Polyethylene Abrasion from Endoprosthesis Osteoysis and Metal Hypersensitivity Reactions
  • Andrei Spiride, Plano East Senior High School, Theraarm: Low Cost Orthosis Therapy for Arm Rehabilitation and Movement Assistance
  • Rajiv Swamy and Rekha Swamy, Plano East Senior High School, See through the Rubble: A Mobile Bioradar Life Detection System for Search and Rescue Following Natural Disasters
  • Keshav Vasanth, Plano East Senior High School, Come Yell or High Water

About the GENIUS Olympiad

The GENIUS Olympiad focuses on all aspects of global environmental issues with the following goals: to enable high school students around the world to cope with environmental problems, to elicit their abilities to produce solutions; to inspire high school students to contribute to the protection and improvement of the environment; to equip young generations with environmental consciousness; to provide a forum for youth from around the world to come together and share ideas; to inform the public about global environmental problems.

More information can be found on the GENIUS Olympiad website.