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[12 Apr 2013 | admin | Comments Off | 2,826 views]
Five Grade 8 Students to Compete in California State Science Fair

After 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 …

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[20 Mar 2013 | admin | Comments Off | 1,749 views]
Students Compete in 58th Annual O.C. Science and Engineering Fair

This week, The Orange County Register highlighted students who competed in the 58th Annual O.C. Science and Engineering Fair in Costa Mesa. With a love for the ocean and a desire to study marine biology, Makenna Mitchell, grade 8, measured the energy created by the water for her project, “Harnessing Ocean Energy.”
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O.C. Science and Engineering Fair winners will be announced on Sunday.
 

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[15 Feb 2013 | admin | Comments Off | 2,286 views]
Lower School Family Science Night Inspires a Generation of Young Scientists

Wednesday marked St. Margaret’s Second Annual Lower School Family Science Night. The event was bustling with young scientists ready to explore the fascinating world of science.
Students, along with their families, enjoyed simple hands-on science activities, and some slippery, slimy, amazing creatures to touch. The night had a successful turnout with approximately 140 students, parents and siblings. St. Margaret’s had the pleasure of hosting renowned organizations for the festivities including: Mad Science, Discovery Education, UNAVCO, Wolf Haven, Lizard Wizard Company, and the Ocean Institute.
Young scientists had the opportunity to make their …

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[7 Feb 2013 | admin | Comments Off | 3,171 views]
Creator and Rider of “World’s Fastest Electric Motorcycle” Visits Lower School to Talk STEM

Eleven-time world record holder, engineer and daredevil Chip Yates came to inspire the growing minds of St. Margaret’s Lower School students on January 31. The animated speaker entertained as well as educated grades K-5 about pursuing the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) initiative.

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[5 Dec 2012 | admin | Comments Off | 3,158 views]
New Advanced Upper School Courses Expand Rigor and Deepen Student Offerings

The Upper School added six innovative and unique advanced course offerings this school year to continually deepen and broaden the St. Margaret’s curriculum to challenge student ability, interest and scholarship.
“These outstanding new course offerings go beyond the standard and reflect our focus on relevant 21st-century curriculum and the ever-increasing skill and interests of our students. Our students and parents expect this from us, and we have the shared vision, agility and bench-strength in our faculty to continually evolve and deliver dynamic, advanced and unique curriculum,” said Upper School Principal Tony …

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[16 Nov 2012 | admin | Comments Off | 2,271 views]
SMES Students Perform University-level Engineering Research During UCI Summer Internship Program

Seven St. Margaret’s students experienced a summer of engineering exploration from solar panels to earthquake engineering to forms of rehabilitation for spinal injury and stroke patients. The students, who demonstrated a passion for science, applied for, then won coveted spots within the Henry Samueli School of Engineering at the University of California, Irvine Engineering Department.
For the eighth consecutive year, UCI has generously offered a unique, rigorous research internship opportunity exclusive to St. Margaret’s Episcopal School for a selected group of its junior students. The St. Margaret’s interns spent a major …

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[19 Oct 2012 | admin | Comments Off | 1,728 views]
Upper School Science Teacher Builds Hovercraft to Demonstrate Newton’s Laws of Motion

Students, faculty and staff in Monday’s Upper School Convocation were treated to an incredible demonstration by Upper School Science teacher Steve Harless and St. Margaret’s Physics and Engineering Hovercraft. Built by Mr. Harless last week, students are able to use the hovercraft to demonstrate Newton’s Laws of Motion and learn about inertia, centripetal force, momentum and rotational dynamics. For example, after going around in a circle from being pulled by a rope, the student will go off in a straight line when the rope is released (demonstrated by Mr. Harless …

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[19 Oct 2012 | admin | Comments Off | 1,822 views]
Students Experience Sea Life Up-close at the Upper Newport Bay Estuary

Last week, 15 students from the Upper School marine science class visited the Back Bay Science Center located in the Upper Newport Bay Estuary. Once inside the science center, students were able to connect concepts such as watersheds, water runoff that drains into the estuary, and the different habitats of an estuary.

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[24 Aug 2012 | admin | Comments Off | 1,472 views]

Rising grade 9 student Kevin Cox has been named a semifinalist in the Broadcom Masters, a national competition that recognizes students for projects and achievements in regional science fairs. He is among only five Orange County students selected as semifinalists and among 300 chosen nationally.
This spring the students competed at the Orange County Science and Engineering Fair and subsequently at the California State Science Fair.
Chris’ project, “Cosmic Bullets,” examined whether local weather affects the intensity of cosmic radiation at sea level.
Thirty finalists will be chosen August 29. They will receive …

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[24 May 2012 | admin | One Comment | 4,055 views]
Junior Austin Russell Receives Top Awards at 2012 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair

Ricoh Americas Corporation presented junior Austin Russell with the Ricoh Sustainable Development Award at last week’s 2012 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, the world’s largest pre-college science competition showcasing more than 1,550 of the world’s leading young talent and their independent scientific research projects.
Austin was one of only two high school students to win this coveted award and received a $12,500 scholarship from the corporation. Austin was selected from more than 1,550 finalists representing 68 different geographic regions and nearly 445 affiliated fairs.
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