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CTYer takes prize for aiming to protect lives

CTYer Sahar Khashayar’s story shows how powerful tools developed by humans could combat a terrifying force of nature. 

BroadcomMoved by the devastating loss last year of 19 firefighters in the Yarnell Hills wildfire in Arizona, Sahar, from Laguna Niguel, Calif., engineered a device combining temperature and gas sensors, along with an infrared sensor and processor board to detect heat, smoke, and infrared radiation that are the markers of fire. Sahar, 14, then programmed the device to trigger a message to a Bluetooth device if the markers signaled danger....Read more about this Awesome CTYer.

CTYOnline student poet gets published

ctywritingDavid Moody of Cabot, Vt., likes geometry. And reading. But he’s always been a reluctant writer. “I had a hard time getting started and knowing what to do and how to do it,” says David, 13, who is homeschooled. “Sometimes it was really frustrating.”

Last fall David took “The Process of Writing” with CTYOnline and learned how to plan, write, and revise personal essays, fiction, and poetry. His poem “My Bird Feeders,” deftly illustrates the winter scene outside his kitchen window as a restaurant where goldfinches and other birds come to dine.

Just recently he learned that his poem was one of 75 selected from more than 12,000 submissions to be published this fall by the Young Writers Project in their annual anthology. He’ll give his first public reading on Nov. 8 at the Vermont College of Fine Arts.

David is thrilled by the recognition, and he’s enrolled in another CTYOnline writing class so he can continue to polish his craft. “My first class was challenging, but it helped me learn and improve my writing. I’m excited to do more.”

Terence Tao receives 2014 CTY Distinguished Alumni Award

Elaine Hansen and Terry TaoLike many CTY students, Terence Tao, recipient of the 2014 CTY Distinguished Alumni Award, exhibited extraordinary mathematical abilities at an early age. He worked closely with Julian Stanley, the Johns Hopkins psychologist whose Study of Exceptional Talent led to the creation of CTY.

Tao received his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Mathematics from Flinders University. A Fulbright Scholar, he earned his Doctorate in Mathematics from Princeton University. His research primarily focuses on harmonic analysis, partial differential equations, algebraic, arithmetic and geometric combinatorics, analytic number theory, and compressed sensing. Tao has authored more than 250 research papers and 17 books....Read more about this Awesome CTYer.

CTY wins national grant for STEM education

More bright, low-income kids can study at CTY on scholarship, develop their interests in STEM fields, and expand their opportunities for college access, thanks to a generous grant from the Toyota U.S.A. Foundation....Read more about this Awesome CTYer.

Want to earn millions? Do the math.

Jacob_LurieIt’s been a quite a year so far for CTYer Jacob Lurie. In June, he was named one of five inaugural winners of the Breakthrough Prize in Mathematics, which honors landmark achievements in math and the sciences and carries a $3 million award. On Sept. 17, The MacArthur Foundation awarded him one of its $625,000 “genius grants” for 2014...Read more about this Awesome CTYer.