Student’s lighthouse project wins contest

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Elijah Denton, a seventh grade student at Greenfield School, won first place in the intermediate age division for the Tar Heel Junior Historian Association’s exhibit and art contest. His “Lighthouses of the Outer Banks” will be on display at the N.C. Museum of Natural History in Raleigh.

All winning projects are showcased for one year in the “History in Every Direction: Tar Heel Junior Historian Association Discovery Gallery.”

Elijah’s project offered a combination of programming and art. He shared his passion for lighthouses with an interactive display. Elijah programmed an Arduino microchip and soldered a circuit to provide lights to each of his five lighthouses. Interactive buttons allow the user to view each lighthouse’s unique flash pattern.

Elijah chose to sculpt four of his lighthouses from North Caeolina clay and used a walnut branch turned on his grandfather’s lathe to form the fifth and smallest lighthouse at Ocracoke.

Each spring, the North Carolina Museum of History hosts the Tar Heel Junior Historian Association annual convention. Hundreds of junior historians from across the state gather for a day of hands-on workshops and activities. The day also includes the announcement of annual contest award-winners.