The I See Headset: Providing Spatial Awareness for the Disabled

By: Jason AYear: 2022School: Cabrillo AcademyGrade: 9Science Teacher: Heidi Thompson Millions of people suffer from heavy visual impairment, degenerative eye disorders, and sudden blindness. Most heavy visual impairments do not have reliable cures, some visual impairments can be aided by laser surgeries and modern telescopic technology although this technology may not be available to everyone

2022 Research and Engineering Design Academy: Registration Opens!

The 2022 Research and Engineering Design Academy is a FREE, virtual series of six, step-by-step, workshops designed to guide students, grades 6 through 12, to complete a science research or engineering project and enter it into the 2023 Orange County Science and Engineering Fair. Two independent sessions are offered Academy 101: For students with no

Plant Biomass as Alternative to Plastic Insulation

By: Tony N.Year: 2022School: Westminster HighGrade: 11Science Teacher: Huy Pham Plastic usage has become prevalent in today’s society, especially with the packaging of goods, from perishable items such as food and nonperishable items such as toys. However, despite their affordability, plastics have served as pollutants that harm the environment. Tony intended to utilize plant biomass

Anja – The Third Eye

Project “Anja” (the third eye, in Sanskrit language) is meant to help visually impaired people recognize day to day objects. The students used a Raspberry Pi, a Pi Camera, an external speaker and Python code to enable four capabilities (visual recognition, artificial intelligence, text to speech and speech to action) to work together. The Raspberry

OCSEF Now Recruiting Teachers for the Mentor Match Program

Science and engineering design research CAN be integrated into your NGSS instruction! OCSEF is recruiting veteran and new STEM teachers to support “under-represented” middle and high school students in science or engineering design research, preparing them to participate in the 2023 Orange County Science and Engineering Fair. Teacher will receive an honorarium of $500 for

Kimchi on Soil Fertilization

By: Minh P.Year: 2022School: Westminster HighGrade: 11Science Teacher: Huy Pham Is kimchi a viable fertilizer for growing plants on mars? When humans begin colonizing Mars in the far future, we will need to be self-sustainable and grow our own food. Because it would be expensive to constantly bring fertilizer from Earth to Mars, it’s important

Simulating the Effects of Water Pollution on Daphnia Magna

By: Joselyn G.Year: 2022School: Westminster High SchoolGrade: 10Science Teacher: Huy Pham The goal of the project is to determine at what concentration will Daphnia Magna (aquatic invertebrates) react to water pollution, specifically ammonium nitrate. We raised the daphnia in clear containers until they were able to reproduce. The negative control group was the optimal habitat

Behavioral Effects of Colors on Chickens

By: Lynntram N.Year: 2022School: Westminster HighGrade: 11Science Teacher: Huy Pham While chickens are known to be low maintenance farm animals, owners may struggle tending to and creating an adequate environment for them. The effects of color on chicken behavior was investigated to determine how colors change a chicken’s interactions with each other and their environment.

How Can We Clean Nitrogen Contaminated Water Organically and Sustainably?

By: Ethan L.Year: 2022School: Westminster High SchoolGrade: 11Science Teacher: Huy Pham There are a lot of farms that contain things like manure and fertilizer which contain a lot of water. The nitrogen rich runoff runs into nearby rivers. This is significant because these ultimately cause dead zones, or kill a lot of the biodiversity. The