Joel Grayson


Climate Change

  • solar panelBrought 410 kW solar installation to my school, enough to power 40 households.2021–present
    Collected rooftop measurements, created solar models in HelioScope, gathered quotes from several installers, researched legal and financial aspects, and presented to administration and Board of Trustees.
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    Founded Students for Electric Buses, multi-school coalition, to electrify bus fleets.2021–present
  • leaf blowerElectric Leaf Blowers2022
    Convinced my school's facilities team to switch from gas to electric leaf blowers.
  • stopping-bus-idlingStopping Bus Idling2022
    Wrote to bus contractor to enforce NYC's law banning bus idling.
  • Presented to middle school, upper school, and Riverdale alumni on climate solutions.2021–23
  • Head of Sustainability Club (member 2021–23).2022–24
  • Completed En-ROADS ambassador training program (climate educator).2022–present


  • buseroo-logoBuseroo.com2021–23
    kiosk and website for students to find closest bus to any address.
  • homework-checker-logoHomework Checker2021–22
    Chrome extension helping 300+ students manage homework.
  • focus-logoFocus2022
    Chrome extension helping 140+ people write distraction-free.
  • lirongart-logoLirongArt.com2020
    online gallery showcasing my mom’s paintings.
  •   Download link generators2021
    Tools for cloud storage used 17,000 times.


Riverdale Country School2017–24
Honors: Geometry, Algebra II, Precalculus, Spanish I–VII, Biology II, Chemistry II, Physics II
GPA: 3.94 (out of 4.0), SAT: 1560


Manhattan Community Board 1 member: Environmental and Youth & Ed Committees.2023–24
Researched novel compound at Lee Lab in NYU Tandon's seven-week ARISE program.2023
Grade representative for five years in student government.2019–present
Completed MIT xPRO's Introduction to Quantum Computing four-week course.2023
Interned for the Stone House Group (energy efficiency consultants).2021
Summer courses: NY Math Circle, Center for Talented Youth, Brown, Tufts, BU.2015–22
Violin: Praeludium & Allegro, Spring, Bach's Concerto No. 1 recitals; Interlochen.2011–present
YouTube channel with father-son comedy, project records, and claymation.2018–present


Finalist in the Rise competition (global search for talented youth).2021–22