Ryan H. Places Second in the 2020 OCSEF

Sixth grader Ryan H. placed second for his submitted project, "A Machine Learning Driven IOT Network for the Early Detection and Growth Prediction of Wildfires,” in the 2020 Orange County Science and Engineering virtual fair, held on March 28-29.
His project was entered in the Electrical and Electronics category, middle school (Grades 6–8) section. There were over 600 projects entered in the OCSEF! All semifinalists were interviewed and questioned by four judges (via Zoom video conferencing).

Ryan received invaluable guidance and mentoring from science teachers Mrs. Kunze-Thibeau and Mrs. Warren beginning in September 2019.

Ryan's project, “A Machine Learning Driven IOT Network for the Early Detection and Growth Prediction of Wildfires," was a two-year project; however, the new developments since the summer of 2019 included:
  • enhancing the mobile Fire Management app to a usable product that connects in real-time to the Fire Detectors (anyone can download the app on their iPhone)
  • adding additional environmental sensors to the fire detectors
  • testing and adding AI/machine learning algorithms to predict wildfire growth
  • developing sturdier prototypes that can be tested in outdoor environments
  • conducting many tests and measuring the results
Most recently, Ryan's project also won the Office of Naval Research Special Award in the OCSEF.
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