Riverhead High School seniors Eric Behr and Yash Patel finished in the top five at the second annual Long Island High School Engineering Design Challenge.

Riverhead High School seniors Eric Behr and Yash Patel finished in the top five at the second annual Long Island High School Engineering Design Challenge, held at the Cradle of Aviation Museum in Garden City.

To earn the spot, the pair built built and programmed an autonomous boat that could sense nitrogen levels, mark areas of high pollution, collect data, collect solid pollution on the surface of water and attempt self-rescue. To design the boat, they used AutoCAD, a laser cutter, outfitted it with myriad sensors and customized 3D-printed parts, and used an Arduino microcontroller and Raspberry Pi computer to control the boat.

Behr and Patel worked under the direction of teacher Luke Ferland. “I am so very proud of Eric and Yash,” said Ferland. “Their project appeared unrivaled and their presentation skills were outstanding.”

Last year the duo took first place in the contest’s robotics division.

Source: Riverhead Central School District press release dated June 24, 2019.

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