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Five Grade 8 Students to Compete in California State Science Fair

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAfter winning first, second or third place at the Orange County Science and Engineering Fair (OCSEF), five grade 8 students will move on to compete in the 62nd California State Science Fair held in the California Science Center April 15 – 16. More than 1,000 participants from more than 400 schools throughout the state are expected to compete for awards totaling $50,000. A total of eight grade 8 students received awards at the 2013 OCSEF.

2013 Orange County Science & Engineering Fair Winners:

Nicholas Scheel – First Place in Environmental Science (will move on to compete in the California State Science Fair)

Special Award: Broadcom Masters Recipient

Topic Question: How do plants affect bodies of water?

Azzurra Riley – Second Place in Applied Mechanics/Structures and Mechanism/Manufacturing (will move on to compete in the California State Science Fair)

Second Place from the Society of Women Engineers, Orange County Chapter

Special Award: Orange Country Engineering Council Award/Broadcom Masters Recipient

Topic Question: When substituting coffee grinds for sand in concrete construction, will it perform as well?

Will Rosenthal -Second Place in Zoology (will move on to compete in the California State Science Fair)

Special Award: Broadcom Masters Recipient

Topic: Which method, spoken, written, signed and photo will a dog respond best and learn more quickly?

Katherine Adelman – Third Place in Microbiology (will move on to compete in the California State Science Fair)

Special Awards: Office of Naval Research/Broadcom Masters Recipient

Topic Question: How does the level of available nutrients affect the bioremediation and growth of a colony of microbes?

Emma Butler – Third Place in Behavioral Science (will move on to compete in the California State Science Fair)

Special Award: Orange Country Engineering Council Award/Broadcom Masters Recipient

Topic Question: How does the stress level affect the performance of a tennis player?

Jana Phillips – Honorable Mention in Zoology

Topic Question: Of the dog breed groups, the herding group, the toy group, and the non-sporting group which collectively has the highest adaptive intelligence?

Tyler Genevay – Special Award: Orange Country Engineering Council Award

Topic question: Which bridge design is strongest? Suspension or cable stayed?

Makenna Mitchell – Special Award: Association of Women in Water, Energy and Environment Award

Topic Question: Can ocean waves create powerful energy, and if so does location and tide affect the result?

Each year, St. Margaret’s grade 8 students are required to create a project and participate in St. Margaret’s Science Fair in early February. The students are guided by mentors who provide advice and expertise in the project’s area of focus. Some mentors are St. Margaret’s science teachers, as well as other faculty members across all divisions.

The top 25 students are selected and awarded through the judging and interview process. The top 15 awardees then qualify to enter the OCSEF. Ten out of these 15 students decided to participate in this year’s OCSEF. The 2013 OCSEF was held at the Orange County Fair and Event Center in March. OCSEF participants were judged and interviewed by their participating categories, and the first, second and third place winners from each participating categories qualified to enter the California State Science Fair.

 

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