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2014 CSSF MAJOR Awards Winners: LA County

Aaron Felman-webAaron Feldman, middle school student from Rabbi Jacob Pressman Academy of Los Angeles, just won $2,500 for the  Jr. Division Project of the Year at the State Science Fair!! Aaron’s project: “Where’d Those Swimmers Go?” developed a computer program to determine when swimmers were in danger of drowning based on filming of swimmers above and below the water surface. Aaron’s dad is so proud of him, as are we! Big congratulations!

norm brennanNorm Brennan, Middle School Science Teacher at The Mirman School in Los Angeles, won $2,000 for being selected as the Junior Division Teacher of the Year at the CA State Science Fair. Mr. Brennan has mentored students in science research and has produced finalists at the Los Angeles County Science Fair and the state level for 14 years. He is a model for inquiry teaching! Congratulations, Norm!

2014 CSSF Special Awards Winners: LA County

Dojiri-Woo-webCoastal Science Award – For excellence in coastal science and/or engineering, addressing problems or providing new solutions or technology to coastal and ocean issues. Limited to projects in the Senior Division. Award is $500 and membership in CSBPA, California Chapter. Presented by the California Shore & Beach Preservation Association. Award: the team of Stacey S. Dojiri and Kelly Y. Woo, Los Angeles County

Excellence in Environmental Education Award – One award in each division. Award is $500. Presented by the California Environmental Education Foundation. Senior Division: the team of Stacey S. Dojiri and Kelly Y. Woo, Los Angeles County

Albert-MincklerRaytheon Junior Achievement Award – For those projects which demonstrate the greatest potential with ability of achieving technological breakthroughs in the six areas of computer science, electrical engineering, materials engineering, mathematics, mechanical engineering, and physics. Limited to projects in the Junior Division. Award is $500. Presented by the Raytheon Asian Pacific Association (RAPA) – Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems Company.  Award: Eris D. Albert-Minckler, Los Angeles County

Zoe Zawol-webRaytheon Junior Achievement Award

Award: Zoe Zawol, Los Angeles County

 

 

 

Aaron Feldman-closeupSPIE Optics & Photonics Award– For the project best demonstrating scientific research and engineering applications of optical, photonic, imaging, and optoelectronic technologies. One award in each division. In the Senior Division, First Place receives $800, Second Place receives $500. The Junior Division Award is $500. Award includes a one year membership in SPIE, and a certificate. Presented by SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics. Junior Division: Aaron O. Feldman, Los Angeles County

Albert BarriosCAPS Science Achievement Award– For the project best illustrating good scientific methodology in a discipline represented by members of CAPS, including physics, chemistry, biological and environmental science, toxics and energy resources. Limited to projects in the Junior Division. Award is $100 and an plaque. Presented by the California Association of Professional Scientists.  Award: Albert J. Barrios, Los Angeles County

Katherine BishopCCGO Geoscience Award– For an outstanding project in the field of geosciences. One award in each division. Award is $250. Honorable Mention receives a certificate. Presented by the American Institute of Professional Geologists, California Section, and the California Council of Geoscience Organizations. Honorable Mention: Katherine N. Bishop, Los Angeles County

 

 

Ben LiuClinical Chemistry Award – For interesting and original projects that impact the future of clinical chemistry. Three awards in each division. Award is $250 in the Senior Division, $150 in the Junior Division. Presented by the American Association for Clinical Chemistry, Southern California Section. Junior Division: Benjamin C. Liu, Los Angeles County

 

 

Shreya Ramayya-webSouthern California BioGENEius Award – Two awards to be presented in the Senior Division. First Place Award is $200, Second Place is $100. Presented by the Southern California Biomedical Council. First Place: Shreya S. Ramayya, Los Angeles County

 

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2104 CSSF Senior Category Winners: LA County

Applied Mechanics & Structures

S0329 — Third Place: Ryan S. Wong, Grade 12
Active Tremor Stabilization for Parkinson’s Disease and Essential Tremor
Advisor:Mr. Peter Starodub
School:Palos Verdes Peninsula High School, Rolling Hills Estates, Los Angeles County

Behavioral & Social Sciences

S0424 — Second Place: Gaia Saetermoe-Howard, Grade 10
Investigating the Patterns of Cross-Modal Perception in Converging Styles of Music
Advisor:Ms. Annabel Adriatico
School:Los Angeles County High School for the Arts, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County

S0416 — Honorable Mention: Tess G. Levinson, Grade 12
The Impact of Emotion on Memory
Advisor:Ms. Allison Ponzio
School:Marlborough School, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County

Chemistry

S0620 — Fourth Place: Shreya S. Ramayya, Grade 11
Building a Library of Difluoromethyl- and Trifluoromethyl-Artemisinins: Year Two
Advisor:Mr. Peter Starodub
School:Palos Verdes Peninsula High School, Rolling Hills Estates, Los Angeles County

S0606 — Honorable Mention: Gino R. Gasbarro, Grade 12
Detoxifying the Atmosphere
Advisor:Dr. Sherryline Jogie-Brahim
School:Crespi Carmelite High School, Encino, Los Angeles County

Earth & Planetary Sciences

S0809 — First Place: Brian Zhang, Grade 10
Developing a Self Sufficient Estuary Mesocosm
Advisor:Mr. Peter Starodub
School:Palos Verdes Peninsula High School, Rolling Hills Estates, Los Angeles County

Electronics & Electromagnetics

S0918 — Third Place: Nathan C. Le, Grade 9 & Timothy R. Le, Grade 12
Mayday, Mayday! The Geolocation System for First Responders
Advisor:Mr. Bruce Buenaventura
School:Sierra Canyon Middle School, Chatsworth, Los Angeles County

Environmental Science

S1108 — First Place: Stacey S. Dojiri & Kelly Y. Woo, Grade 12
The Potential Impact of Hyperion Treatment Plant’s Effluent on the Coastal Environment: Science Influencing Management
Advisor:Mr. Peter Starodub
School:Palos Verdes Peninsula High School, Rolling Hills Estates, Los Angeles County

S1123 — Honorable Mention: Neel R. Patel, Grade 11
The Effect of Different Concentrations of Caffeine on the Production of Electricity from a Microbial Battery
Advisor:Ms. Glendy Ramirez-De La Cruz
School:Bravo (Francisco) Medical Magnet High School, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County

Mammalian Biology

S1208 — First Place: Vick C. Liu, Grade 10
A Microfluidic Device for Blood Separation and Cell Morphology Analysis Using Acoustic Microstreaming
Advisor:Dr. Robin Liu
School:Flintridge Preparatory School, La Canada Flintridge, Los Angeles County

Microbiology (General)

S1510 — Fourth Place: Elan E. Filler, Grade 10
Transcription Factors that Regulate Antimicrobial Resistance in Candida glabrata
Advisor:Ms. Michaele Scheerle
School:Palos Verdes High School, Palos Verdes Estates, Los Angeles County

Pharmacology/ Toxicology

S1707 — Second Place: Christina Huang, Grade 11
Biological Properties of a Novel 3D Scaffold for Use in Transplantation to Treat Stroke
Advisor:Mr. Peter Starodub
School:Palos Verdes Peninsula High School, Rolling Hills Estates, Los Angeles County

S1799 — Honorable Mention: Alec Mesropian, Grade 9
Cavity Charisma: The Future of Dental Fillings
Advisor:Mr. Mark Michail
School:A.G.B.U. Manoogian Demirdjian School, Canoga Park, Los Angeles County

Physics & Astronomy

S1805 — Honorable Mention: Cameron Chaffey, Grade 10
Alien Atmospheres: Searching for Exoplanet Bow Shocks
Advisor:Mr. Dana Hagen
School:Torrance High School, Torrance, Los Angeles County

Zoology

S2204 — First Place: Petra L. Grutzik, Grade 12
Linking Expression and Function of FoxP2 in Adult Songbirds Using Operant Preference Testing
Advisor:Mr. Matthew Keye
School:Redondo Union High School, Redondo Beach, Los Angeles County

S2217 — Second Place: Caleb L. Smith, Grade 11
Quantitative Analysis of Mitochondria’s Role in Drosophila Lifespan
Advisor:Mr. Peter Starodub
School:Palos Verdes Peninsula High School, Rolling Hills Estates, Los Angeles County

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2014 CSSF Junior Category Winners: LA County

Aerodynamics/ Hydrodynamics

J0111 — First Place: Alisa Y. Hathaway, Grade 8
Improving Aerodynamic Drag by Altering the Shape of a Pickup Truck Tailgate
Advisor: Mrs. Andrea Acres
School: Ridgecrest Intermediate School, Rancho Palos Verdes, Los Angeles County

J0109 — Second Place: Aeden P. Gasser-Brennan, Grade 7
How Flaps on the Underside of a Wing Affect Its Aerodynamic Efficiency
Advisor: Mr. Carlos Lauchu
School: Millikan Middle School, Sherman Oaks, Los Angeles County

J0107 — Fourth Place: Johanna E. Dickie, Grade 8
How Does Aperture Size Affect the Velocity and Distance of a Mechanically Created Toroidal Vortex Ring?
Advisor: Ms. Mirna Rivera
School: Blair International Baccalaureate School, Pasadena, Los Angeles County

Alternative Energy

J0208 — Honorable Mention: Benjamin Davidoff & Joshua A. Levine & Dylan R. Ross, Grade 6
The Revinoff
Advisor: Mr. Norm Brennan
School: Mirman School for Gifted Children, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County

J0215 — Honorable Mention: Kai Y. Kato, Grade 8
Climate vs. Energy Output: The Effect of Temperature on the Productivity of Solar Panels
Advisor: Ms. Paula Borstel
School: Miraleste Intermediate School, Rancho Palos Verdes, Los Angeles County

J0216 — Honorable Mention: Rei J. Landsberger, Grade 8
The Effects of Reflective Designs on Solar Cell Power Output
Advisor: Mrs. Andrea Acres
School: Ridgecrest Intermediate School, Rancho Palos Verdes, Los Angeles County

J0226 — Honorable Mention: Matthew B. Prata & Thomas J. Prata, Grade 8
It’s So Hot It’s Electric
Advisor: Mrs. Kristy Vena
School: Holy Name of Mary, San Dimas, Los Angeles County

Applied Mechanics & Structures

J0313 — First Place: Bridget J. Macmillan, Grade 8
The Effect of the Mount Point of a Parachute on the Ride Height of an Acura RSX Land Speed Vehicle
Advisor: Mr. Derek Lefkowith
School: St. John Fisher, Rancho Palos Verdes, Los Angeles County

J0301 — Third Place: Eris D. Albert-Minckler, Grade 8
How Do Structures of Rigid Eggshells Affect Their Strengths and How Can This Be Used in Designing Temporary Shelters?
Advisor: Ms. Mirna Rivera
School: Blair International Baccalaureate School, Pasadena, Los Angeles County

Behavioral & Social Sciences

J0423 — Honorable Mention: Benjamin J. Schall, Grade 8
Finding the Most Effective Delay for Delayed Auditory Feedback: Improvements on Speech Jamming
Advisor: Mrs. Darshana Shah
School: Portola (Gaspar de) Highly Gifted Magnet Middle School, Tarzana, Los Angeles County

Biochemistry/ Molecular Biology

J0508 — Honorable Mention: Benjamin C. Liu, Grade 7
A Home-Made Micro-fabricated Lab-on-a-Chip Device for Urinalysis
Advisor: Dr. Robin Liu
School: Dana (Richard Henry) Middle School, Arcadia, Los Angeles County

Chemistry

J0605 — Honorable Mention: Max P. Brown, Grade 8
Shield the Steel: Protection from the Advancement of Rust
Advisor: Mr. Blake Pannell
School: Classical Conversations, Long Beach, Long Beach, Los Angeles County

Earth & Planetary Sciences

J0806 — Honorable Mention: Daniel J. Lorell, Grade 8
Magnificent Magnetic Micrometeorites
Advisor:Mr. Eric Hartung
School:Pressman (Rabbi Jacob) Academy, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County

Environmental Engineering

J1016 — First Place: Christopher D. Isozaki, Grade 8
Reducing Energy Used by Computers Utilizing Green Technologies
Advisor:Mr. Derek Lefkowith
School:St. John Fisher, Rancho Palos Verdes, Los Angeles County

J1006 — Second Place: Soraya K. Cordero, Grade 8
Is It Raining Trash? The Effect of Storm Drains on Ocean Pollution
Advisor:Mrs. Roslynn Riggins
School:Our Mother of Good Counsel School, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County

Environmental Science

J1105 — Honorable Mention: Dawson A. Galluzzi, Grade 8
Bacteria Beneath the Beach: A Study of E. coli and Coliforms in Sand from Parks and Beaches in Los Angeles County
Advisor:Mrs. Emily Hoffman
School:South Pasadena Middle School, South Pasadena, Los Angeles County

Materials Science

J1325 — Honorable Mention: Lilliya S. Reid, Grade 8
Safe and Cold
Advisor:Ms. Elizabeth Davis
School:CHIME Institute’s Schwarzenegger Community, Woodland Hills, Los Angeles County

Mathematics & Software

J1406 — First Place: Aaron O. Feldman, Grade 8
Where’d Those Swimmers Go?
Advisor:Mr. Eric Hartung
School:Pressman (Rabbi Jacob) Academy, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County

Microbiology (General)

J1502 — Second Place: Dante J. Basile, Grade 8
Bacterial Populations Collected from Fast-Food Restaurant Surfaces
Advisor:Mrs. Rita Armstrong
School:Los Cerritos Middle School, Thousand Oaks, Ventura County

J1513 — Third Place: Ella Q. Michaels, Grade 8
The Effect of Antioxidants on H(2)O(2)’s Ability to Kill Saccharomyces cerevisiae Yeast
Advisor:Mrs. Darshana Shah
School:Portola (Gaspar de) Highly Gifted Magnet Middle School, Tarzana, Los Angeles County

J1516 — Honorable Mention: Tess S. Robertson-Neel, Grade 6
Toothbrush Location Bacteria Experiment: Where Should You Store Your Toothbrush?
Advisor:Mr. Ravishanth Dev Anandhan
School:Sierra Madre Middle School, Sierra Madre, Los Angeles County

Microbiology (Medical)

J1606 — Third Place: Anna D. de la Rosa, Grade 8
Bacterial-Busting Tea Bags? Effect of Caffeine Extracted from Used Tea Bags on Growth of Escherichia coli
Advisor:Mrs. Alexandra Gonzales
School:Our Lady of Refuge School, Long Beach, Los Angeles County

J1610 — Honorable Mention: Christian E. Olsen, Grade 7
Matthew G. Stauber, Grade 7
Brush This Off! Dentifrice for Developing Countries
Advisor:Mrs. Sharon Escalona-Olsen
School:American Martyrs School, Manhattan Beach, Los Angeles County

Pharmacology/ Toxicology

J1720 — Second Place: Sophia M. Hewitt, Grade 8
Inducing Cellular Senescence in Tetrahymena Thermophila Using Epigallocatechin Gallate to Shorten Telomeres
Advisor:Mrs. Darshana Shah
School:Portola (Gaspar de) Highly Gifted Magnet Middle School, Tarzana, Los Angeles County

J1721 — Honorable Mention: Genevieve M. Jackson, Grade 6
Silkworms and Colored Silk
Advisor:Mrs. Sharon Escalona-Olsen
School:American Martyrs School, Manhattan Beach, Los Angeles County

Physics & Astronomy

J1829 — First Place: Zoe Zawol, Grade 8
Is the Cosmic Ray Flux Greater at Higher Altitudes Than at Lower Altitudes?
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School:Sierra Madre Middle School, Sierra Madre, Los Angeles County

Plant Biology

J1919 — Honorable Mention: Isaiah L.D. O’Neal, Grade 7
For the Venus Flytrap, Does Food Type Affect the Speed of a Trap’s Closure and the Duration of the Trap’s Closed State?
Advisor:Mrs. Darshana Shah
School:Portola (Gaspar de) Highly Gifted Magnet Middle School, Tarzana, Los Angeles County

Product Science (Biological)

J2018 — First Place: Annaliese N. Rupp, Grade 7
One Flush Is Not Enough
Advisor:Mrs. Donna Harbison
School:Holy Trinity School, San Pedro, Los Angeles County

J2016 — Honorable Mention: Matthew S. Ng, Grade 7
Perfect Pancake
Advisor:Mrs. Laura Kaufman
School:Flintridge Preparatory School, La Canada Flintridge, Los Angeles County

Product Science (Physical)

J2108 — Fourth Place: Austin T. McCullough, Grade 7
Ian J. Odermatt, Grade 7
Is a Higher Priced Soccer Ball Worth the Money?
Advisor:Mr. Mark Pattullo
School:Mayfield Junior School of the Holy Child, Pasadena, Los Angeles County

J2103 — Honorable Mention: Ahmad S. Eissa, Grade 7
ThINK Before You Print!
Advisor:Mrs. Nahid Ansari
School:New Horizon School, Pasadena, Los Angeles County

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CA Sci CntrFirst, 2nd, and 3rd Place winners in each category from our fair are typically sent as representatives to the California State Science Fair.

The 2014 California State Science Fair was held on Monday-Tuesday, April 28-29, 2014.  This year, there were over 1,000 participants from 413 schools throughout the State who met in competition for awards totaling over $50,000.

All activities and events took place within the California Science Center, including its main building and the Wallis Annenberg Building.

Awards Ceremony for the State Fair, in the Big Lab

vick at State Sci Fair-webDirectly following the LA County Science Fair, the list of student designees to the State Fair will be posted here.  Some of the high-scoring Honorable Mentions may also be selected to enter the State Fair and will be on this list.