Almost 2,000 high school students submitted research projects for this year's Regeneron Science Talent Search competition.
Chirag Kumar from Horace Greeley High School used machine learning to measure seawater temperatures, thus giving scientists a way to accurately predict climate change.
Aditi Singh, who also attends Horace Greeley High School, developed a model involving short-term memory and the brain.
Emma Montgomery of Ossining High School's project involved re-engineering enzymes for genetics.
The trip to D.C. will include a black-tie awards ceremony and an opportunity for the finalists to network with scientists and members of Congress. Their research will also be on public display at the National Geographic Society.