Amazing! 13 Year Old Creates Solar Trees
So this brilliant kid is also very observant - the trees spoke to him and he listened. Inspired by the trees' efforts to catch sunlight, he did some research which led him to the Fibonacci sequence and how it is found so often in nature.
He created a solar panel tree that was more efficient than a fixed, flat panel array. Here's what he wrote:
I began to see how nature beat this problem. Collecting sunlight is key to the survival of a tree. Leaves are the solar panels of trees, collecting sunlight for photosynthesis. Collecting the most sunlight is the difference between life and death. Trees in a forest are competing with other trees and plants for sunlight, and even each branch and leaf on a tree are competing with each other for sunlight. Evolution chose the Fibonacci pattern to help trees track the Sun moving in the sky and to collect the most sunlight even in the thickest forest.
I saw patterns that showed that the tree design avoided the problem of shade from other objects. Electricity dropped in the flat-panel array when shade fell on it. But the tree design kept making electricity under the same conditions. The Fibonacci pattern allowed some solar panels to collect sunlight even if others were in shade. Plus I observed that the Fibonacci pattern helped the branches and leaves on a tree to avoid shading each other.
Wow kids like this really give me hope for a better future!
Way to go Aidan, you amazing kid!!
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