A Mamaroneck High School was named a regional finalist for the 2013 Siemens Competition in Math, Science and Technology.
Original Science Research student Surin Ahn is one of 100 students nationwide—including 17 from New York—who received the honor.
The competition showcases students' interest in science, math and technology. A record 2,440 students registered for the competition, with about 1,600 projects submitted for consideration.
Ahn said her project is in the field of robot motion planning where the goal is to develop computer algorithms that will let the robot to move accurately and efficiently to a target destination.
"I've been into computers for as long as I can remember," she said. "The MHS Original Science Research program gave me the opportunity to pursue my interest in computer algorithms and programming in a structured, stimulating and motivating environment."
Ahn earned an all-expense-paid trip to present her work at the regional competition November 15-16 at Carnegie-Mellon University. The Siemens Foundation will announce the individual and team winners and present them with scholarships ranging from $10,000 to $100,000.
Ahn's teacher, Guido Garbarino, said her work on the project was impressive.
"To complete her work, she had to learn several different computer progrmaming applications," he said, "and she was largely self-taught."
Garbarino said Ahn is on her way to becoming an accomplished researcher.
Ahn is the first regional finalist Mamaroneck has every had, according to school officials.