Intel STS finalist uses math to help the blind

Alec Arshavsky puts his coding skill to use to help people get fitted for eye-tissue transplants

By Bethany Brookshire, 11:50 AM March 18, 2014

Most kids who are interested in programming might try to build an app or a game. Alec Arshavsky, 17, started out building apps, but realized he wasn’t satisfied. “You can create apps that help someone find a restaurant,” he says, “but how much impact does that have?” He decided he wanted to “write code that actually changes people lives.”

The senior at East Chapel Hill High School in Chapel Hill, N.C., used his computer programming — or coding skills — to help the blind. He presented his findi...

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