LOS ANGELES (IRN) – A 14-year-old student from Governor French Academy in Belleville  is among five Illinois high schoolers vying for prizes at the finals of an international science and engineering competition.

Swansea resident Conner Ruhl and the others will find out Friday evening if their projects take any of the $4 million in prize money.

Fifteen-hundred students from 65 countries are attending the finals of the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Los Angeles

Conner Ruhl’s artificial intelligence project determines the best algorithm for strategy games. Over 147 hours were spent programming a computer to play checkers, on one hand calculating the best move, and on another, learning from experience by recognizing similar circumstances from past games, what moves were made and what the results were.

Contest organizers say typically more than 20% of the projects at this science fair result in patent applications.

Copyright Illinois Radio Network


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