In-Silico Investigation of Most Effective Hepatitis B Virus Inhibitors

By: Rachel F.Year: 2022School: Westminster HighGrade: 10 Science Teacher: Huy Pham The Hepatitis B Virus affects multiple different communities, however, proportionally, Vietnamese communities are at higher risk, with the average rate of chronic HBV among Vietnamese Americans over 10% (compared to the general population rate of <1%) (Taylor, V. M.). HBV proves incurable as current

The Effect of Carbon Dioxide on Plant Growth

By: Vy N.Year: 2022School: Warner MiddleGrade: 8Science Teacher: Travis Garwick How does carbon dioxide affect the growth of different types of plants? To test this question, Vy grew plants, which were neon pothos, giant white inch plants, and succulents. Vy built her prototype which needed to trap the plants and CO2 in a box, with

Broadcom Coding With Commitment

In 2021, Broadcom Foundation established a new program for select competitions and showcase events called Broadcom Coding with Commitment.  An important trend in science fairs and coding spaces is that young people are seeking to solve problems that impact them personally or their communities such as health, sanitation, energy, climate change and other challenges set out in

OCSEF Celebrates 3 Years of Mentor Match Program

On June 2, 2022, Orange County Science and Engineering Fair, in partnership with UCI CalTeach and Chapman University, celebrated the close of year three of their flagship outreach program, the Mentor Match Program. Students, parents, teachers and guests from Westminster and Santiago High Schools assembled in Beckman Hall on the beautiful Chapman University campus to

Monitoring Health for the Elderly Using Machine Learning Anomaly Detection

By: Mark M.Year: 2022School: Rancho San Joaquin MiddleGrade: 8Science Teacher: Paige Morris This project provides a novel and personalized solution for monitoring dehydration in the elderly. Four Machine Learning algorithms were compared to determine which one best detected anomalies in the timings of an elderly subject’s nightly bathroom visits, such as long gaps between visits

OCSEF Announces Broadcom Coding with Commitment Winners

Orange County Science and Engineering Fair announces Mark Menaker and Vy Nguyen as the 2022 OCSEF Broadcom Coding with Commitment winners. The two middle-school students have shown excellence in their projects’ subject choices and presentations, in an inspiring interest in community problem solving. Mark Menaker, an 8th grader from Rancho San Joaquin Middle school, took the first

The Recovery of Phytoplankton after Short vs Long Term UV Exposure

By: Kristina N.Year: 2022School: Westminster HighGrade: 12Science Teacher: Huy Pham The ozone layer has deteriorated as a result of increased air pollution and climate change, enabling greater penetration of UV radiation and subsequent exposure. UV radiation has generally impacted phytoplankton negatively, including decreasing photosynthesis and growth, damaging DNA and protein, and changing nutrient uptake and

Misremembered Episodic Memories in Teenagers

By: Emily P. and Medelen N.Year: 2022School: Westminster HighGrade: 10Science Teacher: Huy Pham Episodic memory is a type of memory that involves the recollection of previous everyday events relating to the associated place, time, and emotions that took place. The growth in cognitive development in the teenage adolescent years starts to change ways of thinking

Effects of Phong Thấp Hoàn Supplement on Salvia Hispanica Development

By: Sophie N.Year: 2022School: Westminster HighGrade: 10Science Teacher: Huy Pham 20% of Americans use Chinese medicine. With “[G]rowing […] popularity of natural remedies […], demand […] is rising” (Hoiberg, 2007). However, Asian commercials often advertise supplements, such as PTH, with skeptical ingredients like Rehmannia glutinosa and other allelopathic constituents. This experiment investigated if ingredient toxicity

Best Alternatives for Styrofoam Food Containers

By: Trimy T.Year: 2022School: Westminster HighGrade: 9Science Teacher: Huy Pham Recognition of sustainability has grown over the years. Many different solutions have been brought up, such as reducing the usage of one-use products, reducing the usage of non-renewable resources, and efforts to reduce purchasing products that contribute to increasing carbon emissions. More specific examples of