Star treatment: Castle North 8th grader wins Inventor and Innovator Science competition | News
Castle North 8th grader Arjun Dhawan has won the national grand prize at the Inventor and Innovator Science Competition for creating a cane with sensors to help those with vision problems.
Arjun received the prestigious award on May 3 at El Capitan Theater in Hollywood, California in a national competition sponsored by the Discovery Science Center, Broadcom Foundation, and Marvel Studios, along with Visa Signature and the famous El Capitan Theater in Hollywood.
Actor Robert Downey Junior, star of Iron Man 3, was on stage to congratulate Arjun and the rest of the winners.
The competition is based on the awards that Arjun won as at the Tri-State Regional Science and Engineering Fair for his project “Walking with Sensors,” in which he added sensors to a white cane to help visually impaired people detect objects earlier than the cane itself could (see photo below).
Arjun first was selected as one of top 30 projects from across the nation. As part of the semi-finals, he was interviewed via Skype by judges from the National Academy of Engineering and the Discovery Science Center and was selected as one of twelve finalists in the nation.
As part of the finals, Arjun traveled to Los Angeles to personally present his project.