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Columbus High School
Columbus, Ga.
Portable, inexpensive device to predict high-probability conditions for lightning strikes


We will invent a portable lightning predictor and detector (LightPAD) to be used both domestically and internationally. The LightPAD will utilize a electric field mill and a radio frequency detection device, working in tandem through the use of a micro-controller interface. The inputs from these multiple sensors will alert users to high-probability conditions for lightning within ten minutes of a strike. The LightPAD will cost less than $200 and be simple to use.