The Seminole County student won with his “Gnomer Bot”: An AI-based Autonomous Weed Detecting Robot
Siddharth Kini, an eighth-grade student from Seminole Science Charter School, was named the State Merit Winner from Florida in the 3M Young Scientist Challenge 2020 for his “Gnomer Bot”: An AI-based Autonomous Weed Detecting Robot.
As the nation’s premier middle school science competition, Kini was one of 27 State Merit Winners to submit outstanding projects utilizing the power of STEM to improve the world. Winners were selected for their passion, innovation, and superb communication skills. Each State Merit Winner receives special recognition on the challenge website, along with a special technology prize pack.
Earlier in March this year, Kini’s “Gnomer Bot” also won Orlando Science Center’s 2020 Lockheed Martin Science Challenge, in the category of Intelligent Machines, Robotics, and Systems Software.
In its 13th year, the 3M Young Scientist Challenge continues to inspire and challenge middle school students to think creatively and apply the power of STEM to discovering real-world solutions. America’s Top Young Scientists have gone on to give TED Talks, file patents, found nonprofits, make the Forbes 30 Under 30 list, ring the bell at the New York Stock Exchange, and exhibit at the White House Science Fair. These young innovators have also been featured in Good Morning America, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, The New York Times Magazine, Forbes, Business Insider, and more.
To learn more about the 3M Young Scientist Challenge and meet this year’s finalists, visit youngscientistlab.com.