Reston youth takes his passion for robotics to Israel

Keenan Temin

Keenan Temin of Reston, a senior at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, spent his summer conducting scientific research at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa, Israel.

Temin, 17, who has a passion for robots, won the competitive Dr. Istvan Madaras SciTech Scholarship, which is awarded annually to three D.C.-area students. The scholarships made it possible for the students to attend the SciTech program at the Technion along with 34 other youths from the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Italy, Serbia and Israel.

Now in its 19th year, the SciTech program is designed for high school juniors and seniors with a demonstrated interest and ability in science and technology. SciTech students carry out research in a broad range of fields alongside Israel’s top scientific researchers, while experiencing dorm living and befriending peers from all over the world.

“I enjoyed the balance of research and time to just explore,” said Temin, who worked in the faculty of Civil Engineering on a project called “Damage Identification Testing.”

At TJ, Temin has taken courses in robotics, alternative energy systems, digital electronics and computer-aided design; and he was a member of his school’s team in the 2012 First Robotics Competition. He also built the fastest robot in his freshman Design and Technology class and placed second for an attack-and-defend robot in his sophomore robotics class.

The Technion-Israel Institute of Technology — a major source of innovation and brainpower in Israel — makes contributions in medicine, sustainable energy, computer science, water conservation and nanotechnology.

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