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Second-place U.S. Puzzle-solving Team Includes 2 CTYers

The U.S. team placed second in the 2017 World Puzzle Championship. Pictured from left to right are Will Blatt, Walker Anderson, Thomas Snyder, and Palmer Mebane.The U.S. team placed second overall in the World Puzzle Championship (WPC) held in Bangalore, India, last month, and two of the team’s four members are CTYers. SET alumnus Palmer Mebane, 27, is a programmer and puzzle writer for Art of Problem Solving in San Diego. Walker Anderson, 16, from Doylestown, Pa., is a member of CTY’s Study of Exceptional Talent (SET) and has taken four CTY online math courses; he’s currently enrolled in Introduction to Abstract Mathematics....Read more about this Awesome CTYer.

CTY Chat with Intel ISEF winner Amber Yang

Amber Yang

CTYer Amber Yang of Windermere, Fla., won the Young Scientist Award and a $50,000 prize at the 2017 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) in Los Angeles. Her project was titled “Multi-Orbit Space Debris Cloud Tracking Using Iterative Closest Points Registration with Machine Learning.”

Amber has taken CTY Summer Programs courses in physics and chemistry. She recently shared with us what it’s like to be a science star.
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CTYer Gary Leschinsky Invents Wearable Device for Allergies

Gary LeschinskyThird-grader Gary Leschinsky of Mahwah, New Jersey is a problem solver. He’s also an inventor.

To mitigate his own allergies, Gary invented a patent pending wearable device, the A-Watch for Allergies, which detects early symptoms of an allergic reaction and notifies an adult by sounding an alarm as well as via a text message. A-Watch has multiple sensors that can detect early symptoms of an allergic reaction such as itching, skin redness, increase in heart rate, and sweating. Using a GPS receiver, it can locate the child and the EpiPen. It also has a compartment for an allergy medication such as Benadryl so that it can be administered quickly....Read more about this Awesome CTYer.

Inspired by his own past, CTYer is moved to help others

Kumar Darsh

In recent years, Kumar Darsh has participated in the AMC 8 and AMC 10, both national mathematics competitions. Seeking to sharpen his skills, the high-school sophomore enrolled in CTY’s Competitive Mathematics I online course this fall.

“You can go at your own pace,” Kumar said of the course. “It’s challenging in a good way, and I’ve been able to learn new skills, tips, and tricks for the AMC 10 coming up in February.”

Kumar, 15, who also loves science, soccer, and tennis, is by all accounts a happy, healthy teenager. And that’s no small blessing for the Connecticut native, who says he takes nothing for granted....Read more about this Awesome CTYer.

CTYer Ian Scheffler publishes book "Cracking the Cube"

Ian SchefflerWhen a CTY classmate challenged Ian Scheffler to solve Rubik's Cube in fewer than 20 seconds, he dismissed the task as impossible. But years later when a writing assignment lead him to the 2012 Rubik's Cube US National Championship—and a reunion with Toby Mao, his erstwhile CTY friend—Scheffler was drawn into the world of competitive Rubik's Cube solving.

According to Google's supercomputers, the maximum number of moves required to solve any of the 43,252,003,274,489,856,000 possible configurations of Rubik's Cube is 20—otherwise known as God’s Number. "You can spend a lot of time solving the Cube, there’s an elegance to it, like a math proof," explains Scheffler....Read more about this Awesome CTYer.