His project was, quite simply, about improving the sound of a duck call. He made a total of six calls – two out of wood, two out of acrylic, and two of his new design. He also had a control call that was purchased in a local store. He tested the hertz of each call and learned that the more dense the material the higher the hertz. His new design consisted of a wood barrel with a wood/acrylic insert that gave a more desired sound.
LaHaye won the following awards at the LSU Science and Engineering Fair:
Broadcom Masters Award
Materials and Bioengineering – 1st Place
Naval Science Award – 1st Place
A.S.M. Materials Foundation – 1st Place
Airforce Recognition Award – 1st Place
Materials and Bioengineering Division – 1st place
LSU Science and Engineering Fair – Overall 2015 Winner
He will continue competing in the national Broadcom Masters competition which will be held in October.