University School's Justice Arai is Fighting Noise Pollution
This incoming junior is presented his research into natural flying techniques at an esteemed national competition.
What if a plane or drone flew like an owl? Well, Justice Arai says, it’d be a whole lot quieter. In April, the 16-year-old was one of five students from Ohio to present his research at the National Junior Science and Humanities Symposium in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Peek inside the scientist's mind.
Curious nature. Noise pollution contributes to hearing loss, high blood pressure, speech interference, unhealthy sleep and loss in productivity, says Arai. “This takes biological strategies inspired by nature and incorporates them into our own technology. I took inspiration from owl flight to reduce the overall noise made by propellers.”
Fostering success. Arai says programs at University School have helped cultivate his experience and gave him a lab to pursue projects like this one on biomimicry. “Our research advisor Dr. Sara Laux offers advice with problems we encounter along the way."
Future Flight. What’s next for Arai? As design thinking goes, he’ll be testing, improving, retesting and tweaking his theories. Presenting his studies to military researchers opened his eyes to opportunities outside of civilian life. “I have been able to expand my horizons while also exploring future careers."
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