Rohan Menon, a sixth grade student at Iroquois Middle School won third place place for "The Robotic Room Mapperâ€� in the Junior Section at the 25th annual Greater Capital Region Science and Engineering Fair held March 21 at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Rohan was sponsored by teacher Monica Judd.
"The Robotic Room Mapper is an instrument I made that creates a two dimensional map of the inside of a room." said Rohan Menon. "This machine could be useful for guiding autonomous vehicles, mapping room sizes for real estate agents or helping the visually impaired.â€�
In addition to winning a small cash prize, Rohan has been invited to participate in the prestigious STANSYS State Science Congress (http://www.stanys.org/students/science-congress.html) hosted by Brookhaven National Laboratories on May 30 and the premier SSP National Broadcom Masters Program (https://student.societyforscience.org/broadcom-masters).
Cyrus Iraniâ€™s project "Building a Low-Cost Magnetic Levitation Deviceâ€� was sponsored by teacher Mike Petrone and was recognized by the US Air Force and the Society of Professional Engineers.
Iroquois sixth grader Jacob Yanoffâ€™s Project "Making Snowâ€� was about the formation and making of snow. Jacob was sponsored by teacher Mary Hanchar and was recognized by the American Meteorological Society.
Approximately 150 students, 89 high school students and 52 middle school students, representing 20 schools showcased their research in science, technology, engineering and math.
Participating students from the Niskayuna School District were the only sixth graders showcasing their projects at the science fair.
More information on the Capital Greater Capital Region Science and Engineering Fair can be found at: http://www.gcrsef.org/.