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Daniel Kim, a junior at Los Alamos Higher College, placed 3rd in Environmental Engineering at the 2023 Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) in Dallas, Texas. His project, Engineered Underwater Car for Ocean Litter Mapping, was 1 of 86 competing in this category.

“In my project, I engineered an underwater car to gather footage of the ocean, and a machine studying laptop or computer plan to analyze the collected footage for ocean trash,” Daniel explained. “Using this tool, litter at all depths of the ocean can be tracked and mapped to help in cleanup efforts in the future. I tested my underwater car in nearby bodies and water, and validated my machine studying plan making use of quite a few hours of open-sourced footage – detecting more than 170,000 pieces of trash off the coast of Japan.”

The ISEF draws higher college scientists from about the planet. This year’s winners shared almost $9 million in awards.

“ISEF was an expertise as opposed to any other,” stated Daniel. “Being in a position to connect to the top rated minds all across the planet and make so several new close friends truly tends to make me excited about what the future has for science.”

In addition to participating in science fairs, Daniel is a member of the 2023 Stat Champion LAHS Track and Field group. He placed 2nd in the 300-meter hurdles at the state competitors. He also placed 2nd in the Supercomputing Challenge and garnered initially location in the New Mexico Junior Academy of Science  Paper Competitors, held in April in Socorro.

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