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Riptides… Beware!

By: Vivian D.Year: 2021School: McPherson MagnetGrade: 7Science Teacher: Elizabeth Conrad Vivian’s project is based on fluid dynamics, she used a medium fish tank to simulate a riptide inside it along with waves. The goal of this project was to gain a better understanding of riptides and to use that information to hopefully do something interesting.

OCSEF 2022: Registration

The 67th Annual Orange County Science & Engineering Fair will take place March 9-13, 2022. Registration is now open, make sure you read and understand our guidelines before you register Read our multi-step registration process Added documents for registration can be found here Click on the “Register Here” button blow to begin the three-step registration

OCSEF 2022: New Documents for Registration

Teacher Approval Form Continuation/Research Progression Projects Form Continuation/ Research Progression of Projects 1. As in the professional world, research projects may build on work performed previously. A valid continuation project is a sound scientific endeavor. Students will be judged only on laboratory experiment/data collection performed over 12 continuous months beginning no earlier than January 2021

OCSEF Virtual Teacher Workshops

A FREE online, interactive professional learning workshop for teachers and educators that will walk you through the steps of research project design, its alignment with NGSS, and support for your students entering the Orange County Science and Engineering Fair. Improve the quality of experimental design and get tips on how to start students on research

Students: Kickstart Your Science / Engineering Fair Project this Summer

Sign up for one of the FREE OCSEF workshops – “How to Pick a Science/Engineering Project Topic.” Wed. June 23, 2021, 11 am-12 Noon (Beginner) Sat. June 26, 2021, 10-11 am (Advanced) Sat. July 10, 2021, 10-11 am (Beginner) Sat. Sept. 25, 2021,10-11 am (Beginner) All sessions on Zoom. All the Beginner Workshop sessions will

Announcing: OCSEF 2022!

OCSEF announces Tuesday, December 14, 2021 as the opening day for project registrations for the 67th Annual Orange County Science & Engineering Fair. The Scientific Review Committee Applications (prerequisite to OCSEF Application) will be open from August 1, 2021 onwards. There are twenty award categories and an additional special-awards given by leading Orange County education-supporting institutes such as

Sleepy Eyes drowsy driving detection

By: Thomas X.Year: 2021School: Yorba Linda HighGrade: 11Science Teacher: Daniel Eliot Drowsy driving can be lethal. Although, determining a precise number of drowsy-driving crashes, injuries, and fatalities is not yet possible, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that in 2017, 91,000 police-reported crashes involved drowsy drivers. These crashes led to an estimated 50,000 people

Assessing Grass Water Use Efficiency Through Smartphone Imaging and ImageJ Analysis

By: Aniyah S.Year: 2021School: University HighGrade: 10Science Teacher: Shannon Bunch Overwatering and underwatering are widespread issues with extensive consequences. Current approaches to assess water use efficiency (WUE) are inaccessible or indirect. Hypothesis: Smartphone imaging combined with ImageJ analysis is an effective method to determine ideal watering ranges and assess grass WUE. Aniyah examined how nine

Plant Stress Response to Climate Change Induced Salinity: Identifying Biomarkers by Liquid Chromatography Mass Spectrometry

By: Matthew C.Year: 2021School: South Lake MiddleGrade: 8Science Teacher: Jamie Sodorff Climate change is one of the most pressing issues of the century. As temperatures increase and our oceans acidify, we must be vigilant in shifting our world to renewable energy sources or be prepared to address global issues such as food insecurity and agricultural