UPDATED: Thursday, December 6, 2012 - 5:30pm
COLLEGE STATION, TX — A College Station A&M Consolidated senior has won what is considered to be the premiere research competition for high school students in the nation.
17-year-old Kensen Shi competed this week at the Siemens Math, Science and Technology Competition in Washington D.C. against 2,000 other students.
It was Shi's research in developing a new, faster algorithm that improves robot motion planning that won him the $100,000 grand prize in the individual category.
"For the Siemens Competition I created a new and more efficient robotics navigation algorithm that can plan safe paths for robots, which is important, because virtually all robots have to move around without colliding with certain objects," said Shi.
Kensen Shi is now just one of 13 individuals to ever be awarded the grand prize.
Three seniors from New York also won the grand prize but in the team category.