Plainfield South High School sophomore Amaan Khan won second place in the National Junior Sciences and Humanities Symposium (JSHS) held in Maryland May 2 to May 5, 2018, for creating a self-driving model car.
He advanced to the national competition after winning first place at the regional JSHS competition in March.
Khan’s model car can drive within designated lanes, stop and go at traffic lights, and avoid obstacles.
His second-place finish earned him an $8,000 scholarship in addition to the $2,000 scholarship for winning the regional event. The regional competition is open to ninth through twelfth grade students.
Most of the 97 national competitors were high school juniors and seniors. “Second in national is still really great,” Khan said.
Students compete in several categories including computer science and math, bioengineering, behavioral science, medicine, health, physics, engineering and environmental science.
Khan wants to enter the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair next year, he said.