2015 POST FAIR PRESS RELEASE
The annual Synopsys Alameda County Science & Engineering Fair co-sponsored by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory showcases students in Alameda County who will become our future scientists, technology experts, engineers, and mathematicians. This regional competition celebrates achievement by middle and high school students supported by their parents, teachers, and schools.
Projects range from alternative sources of energy to plant science with a large proportion in engineering and biological sciences. The highest awards went to the following students
High School Grand Awards: these top 4 high school projects advance to the California State Science Fair and to the Intel International Science & Engineering Fair.
Hannah EdgeGrade 9 — Dublin High School
Teacher: Janet Kaehms – Dublin
Project: 3D-Printed Bluetooth Android-Based Spirometer with HIPPA-Compliant Secured Cloud Data Storage
Vanessa WangGrade 9 — American High School
Teacher: Joshua Baker – Fremont
Project: Little Insect Project (Inspired by DARPA LittleDog Project)
Rohan AroraGrade 9 — American High School
Teacher: Larry Millard – Fremont
Project: Using Ligand Based Virtual Screening to Identify Novel Small Molecule Inhibitors of PCSK9 and Prevent Heart Disease
Vaishnavi ShrivastavaGrade 12 — Mission San Jose High School
Teacher: Arshya Sultana – Fremont
Project: A Noninvasive Regenerative Stem Cell Treatment for Osteoporosis through an Injectable Nanocomposite Orthopedic Implant and Low-Intensity Pulsed Ultrasound Stimulation
High School Grand Prize Runner – Up. This project advances to the California State Science Fair
Jessika BaralGrade 10 — Mission San Jose High School
Teacher: Gary Firestone – Fremont
Project: Novel Usage of the Natural Phytochemical 3,3-diindolylmethane as an Anti-cancer Therapeutic and Preventative Agent for Melanoma
The top middle school projects advance to the California State Science Fair and to the national Broadcom Masters.
Saurabh NarainGrade 8 — William Hopkins Junior High School
Teacher: Anja Crickmore – Fremont
Project: Can you make a battery out of household items?
Neal ShipmanGrade 8 — Albany Middle School
Teacher: JD Trebec – Albany
Project: Marsh Invasion: Testing if early germination gives an edge to Algerian Sea Lavender
Middle School Grand Prize Runner – Up
Vikram BhagavatulaGrade 8 — Horner Junior High
Teacher: Oana Serementa – Fremont
Project: Dynamic Data Flow Processor (DDP)
Through the annual Fair competition, hundreds of the area’s students are challenged to go beyond their classroom studies to do independent project-based research. They work independently or in teams of two or three to address questions in the fields of Computer Science, Environmental Science, Medicine & Health, Chemistry, Biology, Engineering and a half dozen other categories.
Students present research projects in middle school (6th – 8th grade) and high school (9th – 12th grade) divisions in multiple areas of study. Fair participants are drawn from public, private, charter, parochial and home-schools in Alameda County.
The Alameda County Science & Engineering Fair is affiliated with the Society for Science & the Public which organizes the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) and the Broadcom Masters competitions, the I-sweep international sustainable energy completion and the California State Science Fair. All students who participate in ACSEF are potentially eligible for selection to compete and win in these other state and national competitions. In addition, over 60 area companies, private, professional and governmental organizations present Special Awards. But whether or not a student wins, every student is celebrated and encouraged by the hundreds of other attending students, parents, teachers, mentors, sponsors, judges, and members of the public.
The 2015 county science fair competition was held Saturday March 21st at the Alameda County Fairgrounds, Pleasanton, California. The award ceremony was held Sunday March 22nd.
ACSEF is sponsored by Synopsys Outreach Foundation, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Oracle, Chevron, Kaiser Permanente, AT&T, Galaxy Press, Sandia Laboratories, Professional Engineers in California Government, Cisco, Alameda County Water and Wastewater Management Agencies, EMC2 , East Bay Community Foundation, and American Institute of Mathematics.
For more information contact Fair Director, Patti Carothers 925-426-7879 or visit the website at www.acsef.org