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Santa Clara High Student Highlights the Importance of Water Conservation

At the 2018 Synopsys Science Fair, Sriya Sridhar, a 9th grader at Santa Clara High School, represented the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Leadership Institute and Santa Clara High School with her water conservation-themed project. We are proud to share that she won three awards — 1st place in the Biological Science and Engineering Category, the Trimble Award, and the Inez M. Lechner Award.

For the 1st place win in the Biological Science and Engineering Category, Sridhar received a 1st place medal and certificate of achievement. The Trimble Award is presented to projects demonstrating geographic content and creativity and Sridhar won $100 for the school and $100 for herself. The Inez M. Lechner award of $100 was given to projects exhibiting ingenuity and students who have competed in at least one prior Synopsys Championship.

Sridhar created a low-cost, wireless system using a low-power, wide-area network and a moisture sensor to detect and monitor the percentage of moisture in soil. This would allow a person to determine how much water plants need.

“My system would be implemented in gardens or farms to inform the user when it is the right time to water the plants based on the moisture levels in the soil collected by the sensor,” explains Sridhar.

The project was also selected to be displayed at the Silicon Valley Comic Con, and to be entered for judging at the California State Science and Engineering Fair in Los Angeles.

“I was proud to represent Santa Clara High School for the first time by participating in this event [California State Science and Engineering Fair],” said Sridhar. “It was an amazing experience to view all the other projects from around the state, make new friends, and interact with judges."

Congratulations Sriya, keep up the great work!