Sunday, August 21, 2011

Young Scientist & Fibonacci

Fibonacci Sequences in Trees 

Here's an excerpt of some work by the Aidan, age 13, a winner of the American Museum of Natural History's Young Naturalist Award.

I compared my results on graphs, and they were interesting! The Fibonacci tree design performed better than the flat-panel model. The tree design made 20% more electricity and collected 2 1/2 more hours of sunlight during the day. But the most interesting results were in December, when the Sun was at its lowest point in the sky. The tree design made 50% more electricity, and the collection time of sunlight was up to 50% longer!