MMS Student Recognized by Texas Instruments
Aadi Sai Mishra, an eighth grader from Murphy Middle School, received the best electronic and computing project award by TI (Texas Instruments) at DRSEF (The Dallas Regional Science & Engineering Fair) held at SMU this year. His project was one of the two junior division projects selected for this award. Mishra’s project, The Smart Trash-Can additionally bagged the Jugaad special award at the district level and second prize at regionals along with a nomination for Broadcom Masters for entry to nationals.
Mishra is a resident of Murphy and has attended Boggess and Tibbals elementary in the past. According to him, Fridays of last summer were not particularly fun. He was given a new chore by his parents to drag the trash can to the curb every Friday morning which he didn’t much appreciate for it required him to sacrifice his morning sleep. He felt his summer holidays were completely being sabotaged by this chore. He complained, “if only a trash can could drive itself up to the curb and return to its home base in the evenings without human intervention; if only they were a bit smarter to fit the needs of millennials.”
The experience from the unpopular chore last summer led him to the smart trash-can project for the school science fair. Over the period of five months of trial and testing, he designed a prototype which could drive itself to the curb and return to its base area within a defined path. Mishra admits that it was a real ordeal to get the prototype to drive on its own and return to its base point. He said, “The defining and designing the path of the trash can possibly was the biggest challenge which I didn’t anticipate before starting the project.” According to him, the project is still a work in progress and requires lot of work to come close to what he has in mind.
He believes that it is the thought process, clear understanding of the design, and efforts which won him awards and recognitions including the best electronic and computing project by TI.
TI is involved with DRSEF science fair to promote technology and innovation among youth. Each year, TI selects its top winners and congratulates them by rewarding them with TI technology; however, this year, TI went further to celebrate their achievements by bestowing on them an additional and rare opportunity to visit their campus headquarters and meet with lead TI engineers working with the latest technology and innovations. The event included welcoming remarks by the TI president of Education Technology and VP of Academic Engagement, followed by inspirational talks by lead TI engineers and later, a demo of TI’s prototype development hardware and a guided tour of the innovation hall displaying the best of TI innovations.
This opportunity left a remarkable impression on Mishra and the winners of the other two projects (from both juniors and seniors divisions) at the event.