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Academy Student's Math Project Wins National STEM Competition

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Akilan Sankaran.

Ninth grader student Akilan Sankaran took first place in a national STEM competition for his project on highly divisible numbers.

Credit: Roberto E. Rosales/Albuquerque Journal

Akilan Sankaran, a ninth grader at Albuquerque Academy in New Mexico, won the $25,000 Samueli Foundation Prize at the Broadcom MASTERS science and engineering contest.

Sankaran received the award for a computer program he wrote that calculates antiprime numbers that are over 1,000 digits, along with the creation of a new class of functions to measure a number's divisibility.

The program could enable software and apps to run faster.

This marks the first time in the competition's 11-year history that a student with a math project has won the top prize.

From Albuquerque Journal
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