Headed to Princeton for the Integrated STEM Conference
Summer STEAM 2015 Ambassador Turner Bumbary, a freshman at Thomas Jefferson High School of Science and Technology in Northern Virginia, is headed to Princeton University to present at the Integrated STEM Conference in March. Bumbary designed and tested a $50 weather infrastructure that accurately predicts weather patterns two weeks in advance. Bumbary’s interest in weather was peaked at Summer STEAM 2015. Along with about a dozen highly able peers from across the Commonwealth of Virginia, Bumbary was invited to study mathematical patterns in nature with Professor John Adam at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia. “Professor Adam asked, ‘Why is it harder to see through fog than rain?,” said Bumbary. As students examined the mathematical constructs of Professor Adam’s question, Bumbary began to think about how to apply mathematics to design an inexpensive but sound weather infrastructure that could predict potentially catastrophic weather conditions. Bumbary reasoned that better predictive power might help developing nations in particular avoid catastrophic outcomes and recover more quickly. As one of only two freshmen invited to join his high school’s Junior Underclassman Multi-Disciplinary (JUMP) Lab, Bumbary fine-tuned his research and submitted his design to the Integrated STEM conference. Congratulations, Ambassador Turner.