Shanghai Students Recognized as Future Science Stars
Solid state (light emitting diode, known as LEDs) street lights, an energy saving device for water heaters, more efficient elevators, and a massaging mouse won top honors at this year’s Future Science Star competition in Shanghai, China. The program, which has been supported by Applied Materials for six years, includes a trip to California for the four top high school inventors.
During a recent visit to Applied’s Santa Clara campus, a group of employees heard from this year’s top science stars:
- Ms. Wei Yanran told how she had been inspired by the beauty and technology of Shanghai’s Water Cube, built for the Olympics, to create the optimal LEDs to light up streets at night;
- Mr. Sun Chongyan pitched his innovative low-cost energy savings device for water heaters which could save power for households throughout China;
- Ms. Zhu Yiyang demonstrated a Massaging Mouse Machine that can be used to relieve computer users suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome; and,
- Mr. Qiu Zezhen explained his research and design process for creating an algorithm to ensure an elevator’s speed and efficiency meets passengers’ needs in crowded high rise buildings.
In addition to presenting their award winning projects, the students and their teachers toured the Maydan Technology Center and visited San Jose’s Tech Museum where they got hands-on experience at the “Green by Design” exhibit. At this exhibit they learned more about how the power of wind, water and the Sun can be harnessed as renewable energy sources. They also volunteered at the Silicon Valley’s Resource Area for Teaching, creating science kits out of recycled materials to be used by local students.