After two days of facing the judges, a senior at Stuyvesant High School in Manhattan took home a second-place award in the Siemens Competition in Math, Science and Technology with a project that used the mathematical concept of covering and packing.
The senior, Brian Kim, 17, placed in the individual category for math and won a $50,000 scholarship. He said his project was well received by the judges, a mix of former competition participants as well as students and professors from George Washington University.
“I had a great time explaining the project to them, and to see the curiosity they had,” said Brian, who is from Bayside, Queens, and he noted that he first talked with judges on Saturday before discussing his findings in front of panelists on Sunday. Last week, he explained his project to SchoolBook by comparing how cookies are placed on a tray.
Brian said that he would use the cash prize to help pay for college. But until then, he plans to continue competing in other math competitions.
“It is definitely great to be recognized for what I’m doing,” he said. “I love what I’m doing, so it’s a great feeling.”