An Oxford Academy middle school student was named Wednesday as a finalist in the Broadcom Masters, a national competition that recognizes students for projects and achievements in regional science fairs.
Anna Lou, an eighth-grader at the Anaheim Union High School District's magnet school, is one of 30 middle school students nationally awarded all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C. to compete in October for more than $40,000 in cash prizes.
Lou was chosen for her project "Artificial Intelligence," which she presented in this spring's Orange County Science and Engineering Fair. The 13-year-old created a computer program that simulates the strategy board game Blokus. She developed different strategies, creating a deep search algorithm, and simulated 6 million Blokus games, allowing her to write a Blokus A.I. program that defeated all nine human doctors and professors she tested.
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