Vinay Ravi, a freshman at Lebanon Trail High School, was named a top 300 finalist in Broadcom MASTERS®, the nation's premier science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) competition for middle school students. The contest is designed to inspire students to solve challenges of the 21st century.
Ravi was recognized for his eighth grade science fair project, which placed third at the Texas State Science and Engineering Fair earlier this year. The project, entitled The Application of Au Nanoparticles in Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells, analyzed how different concentrations of gold nanoparticles impact the solar absorbance of dye-sensitized solar cells in order to find the maximum potential solar efficiency rate.
Ravi competed against more than 2,500 applicants from across the country who represented the top 10 percent of competitors in science fairs affiliated with the Society for Science & the Public, which produces Broadcom MASTERS®.
Projects were evaluated by a panel of distinguished scientists, engineers and educators and judged on creativity and originality of their science fair project, their ability to engage in analysis of data and understanding of STEM principles as they relate to the real world.
Ravi previously attended Fowler Middle School.