Announcing: The 66th Annual Orange County Science & Engineering Fair

With COVID-19 still threatening to cancel the on-site fair, the OCSEF committee is preparing to have next year’s fair either on-site or online, as we carefully watch all the news and developments surrounding the global pandemic. OCSEF announces January 4th, 2021 as the opening day for project registrations. There are twenty award categories and an

Harmful Radiation?

By: Hannah Ch. & Nethra R.Year: 2020School: Woodsboro Elementary School, 6th gradeDivision: Junior In today’s world in which almost everybody owns and carries a cell phone, we thought it would be interesting to find out what effects cell phone radiations can have on living organisms. We have been told numerous times that radiation from phones

Eggshell Consumption by Birds

By: Lara T.Year: 2020School: Serrano Intermediate, 7th gradeDivision: JuniorAdvisor: Holly Danielson How does the amount of eggshell and birdseed consumed by the various birds in my backyard fluctuate in the four seasons throughout the year? I hypothesized that the highest amount of eggshells would be eaten in the spring, much less in the summer, and

Learning Through Repetition

By: Sydney B.Year: 2020School: Portola High School, 9th gradeDivision: SeniorAdvisor: Erin Arredondo In my science fair project, I tested if people improved in time as they repeated the samet ask each day. This is known as an improvement or learning curve. I also wanted to see if there was a difference due to age as

Herbivory In Humans

By: Akshata T.Year: 2020School: Aliso Niguel High School, 9th gradeDivision: Senior Humans today eat a variety of foods, including both meats and veggies. They think of themselves as omnivorous creatures, or both meat and plant eaters. On the other hand, some people choose to be vegetarians, sticking to a diet of only plant-based foods. I

Wonder of Water Erosion

By: Audrey L.Year: 2020School: Heritage Oak Private Education, 6th gradeDivision: JuniorAdvisor: Mrs. Shaw Water existed on Earth 3.8 billion years ago. Ocean, rivers and lakes cover about 70 percent of Earth’s surface areas. All living organisms require water in order to sustain life on this planet and to promote a healthy ecosystem. The water cycle

Color for the Colorless

By: Ibrahim H. & Caleb Sh.Year: 2020School: Talbert Middle School, 8th gradeDivision: Junior For this project, we designed a color sensor that is capable of distinguishing different colors in its environment to help people who are visually impaired. To do this we used a color sensor which works by measuring the amount of reflected light

AI Facial Expression Analysis for Learning Efficiency

By: Beverlyn T.Year: 2020School: Beacon Park School, 8th gradeDivision: JuniorAdvisor: Ms. Cassese I utilized AIs’ facial recognition technology to improve the traditional teaching flow process into a more efficient way. The weakness of the traditional in-class lecture is hard to identify a student’s learning difficulty real-time. My design is to provide fast feedback to the

Activated Carbon in Water Filtration

By: Stephanie Ph.Year: 2020School: Talbert (Samuel E.) Middle School, 8th gradeDivision: Junior The purpose of my experiment is to test out which plant fiber material would work best for making activated charcoal. For my experiment, I will be testing different types of plant fibers to make charcoal, which will then be made into activated carbon.

Corrosion of Metals

By: Rakshana S.Year: 2020School: Lakeside Middle School, 8th gradeDivision: JuniorAdvisor: Mrs. Feng All structures we see outside are usually made of any type of metal, mostly steel. When it is exposed to any liquid and oxygen it creates a process called iron-oxide also known as rusting. Rust can change steel into different material, even material