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Voting Fraud Detector

By: Ben A.Year: 2021School: McPherson MagnetGrade: 8Science Teacher: Elizabeth Conrad Ben’s project is titled “Fraud Detector,” and based on the research question, “Can Benford’s Law detect voting fraud?” Benford’s Law is a theory that the first digit in every number of certain data sets will follow a pattern. The pattern is that about 30% of

The Impact of Simulated Acid Rain on Sweet Corn (Zea mays) Germination

By: Ananya D.Year: 2021School: Fairmont Private Schools, North Tustin CampusGrade: 7Science Teacher: Joshua Riturban It is a common belief that acid rain negatively impacts plants by lowering the pH of the soil and inhibiting growth, but results regarding this topic do not necessarily support this belief. There are many conflicting results on how acid rain

The Relationship Between the Frequency of a Sound and its Volume at Various Distances

By: Jacqueline Z.Year: 2021School: Venado MiddleGrade: 8Science Teacher: Emma Zschunke ABSTRACTAudible notifications and alarms have become popular as technology advances. This experiment examines the relationship between the amplitude, or volume, of a sound, and its respective frequency, or pitch, to improve auditory updates, such as wildfire evacuation updates, by adjusting their frequency.Using an online tone

2021 Winners!

In a large virtual event for the 2nd year running, OCSEF announced the 2021 winners in 20 categories. See the full list of winners Over 300 students attended the 2021 Orange County Science & Engineering Fair closing ceremony on Sunday, March 28. In addition to the winners in OCSEF’s regular categories, OCSEF announced winners in

The 66th Annual Orange County Science and Engineering Fair Awards (2021)

Applied Mechanics / Structures & Mechanisms / Manufacturing JUNIOR DIVISION First Place Vishaalakshi Nachiappan, Hadisa Ansari, Caden Bolton Second Place Peyton HuiJason Asariah  Honorable Mention Shaili ChudasamaGeorge Terzis SENIOR DIVISION First Place Katherine RobertsonAshutosh Kandala Second Place Henry Liu Third Place Kevin Hong Honorable Mention Junho ParkEzekiel Ampe Fluids / Aerodynamics JUNIOR DIVISION First Place

Special Award Spotlight: The Association of Women in Water, Energy, and Environment

In January, OCSEF announced 22 special awards to be given at the 66th Annual Orange County Science & Engineering Fair by donors and organizations that promote and advocate STEM excellence. The Association of Women in Water, Energy, and Environment (AWWEE) Award was given to Irvine High School student Monica Pal in 2020, and we are very grateful for

OCSEF 2021: Registration is Now Closed

Please save the date, Wednesday, March 24, between 2:00 to 6:00 PM for our OCSEF 2021 virtual judging.Students’ 15 minutes judging time will be assigned and communicated by March 23rd via the email provided to us in their applications.

Special Award Spotlight: The American Chemical Society

In January, OCSEF announced 22 special awards to be given at the 66th Annual Orange County Science & Engineering Fair by donors and organizations that promote and advocate STEM excellence. The American Chemical Society (ACS) Award was given to four students in 2020, and we are very grateful for the return of the ACS to the fair this

Broadcom Foundation Launches ‘Coding with Commitment’

Paula Golden, President of Broadcom Foundation, salutes young people participating at science fairs and introduces Broadcom Coding with Commitment recognition. Earlier this week, Broadcom Foundation launched #BroadcomCodingwithCommitment recognizing Middle Schoolers who combine STEM with coding to address a community problem at selected Science Fairs across the country, including OCSEF. Paula Golden, President of Broadcom Foundation,