Emergent Leadership Effect on Diffusion of Responsibility

By: Savina N.Year: 2023School: Warner MiddleGrade: 8Science Teacher: Travis Garwick Group dynamics play a crucial role in various aspects of life, influencing decision-making, collaboration, and task completion. Understanding how emergent leadership and diffusion of responsibility manifest within different age groups is essential for unraveling the complexities of group interactions, particularly among adolescents. Our study involved 18 participants from

The Hazard of Paper Receipts

By: Caroline C.Year: 2023School: Arnold O. Beckman HighGrade: 10Science Teacher: Michael Tran In a world dominated by technological advancements and fast-paced transactions, paper receipts have become an integral part of our daily lives. However, a science project by Caroline aims to shed light on a potential threat lurking within these seemingly innocuous slips of paper. The central question

Europa’s Plumes and Possibilities

By: Eesha N.Year: 2023School: Serrano IntermediateGrade: 7Science Teacher: Andi Suter People have long been captivated by the idea of life beyond our planet, and our solar system’s moons, Europa and Enceladus, have emerged as promising candidates for the search for extraterrestrial life. Eesha’s intriguing science project delves into this quest by comparing data sets from these moons and

Speed Bump Saver

By: Emerson Y.Year: 2023School: Serrano IntermediateGrade: 7Science Teacher: Andi Suter Driving over conventional speed bumps can be a bumpy ride for both vehicles and passengers, often leading to potential damage to a car’s chassis and other critical systems. Recognizing this issue, Emerson embarked on a science project to develop a solution that could minimize the risk of harm

Topologically Optimized Wave Energy Harvester

By: Katherine R.Year: 2023School: Sage HillGrade: 11Science Teacher: Rena Dear In a world hungry for sustainable energy solutions, Katherine’s science project takes a remarkable leap towards harnessing the untapped potential of wave energy. Her project focuses on the creation of topologically optimized wave energy harvesters, employing cutting-edge simulations, including a fluid particle simulator, and innovative compliant mechanisms. The

Does antibacterial or normal soap prevent the growth of bacteria

By: Zoey S.Year: 2023School: The Pegasus SchoolGrade: 8Science Teacher: Jullie Warren Zoey, a determined student, has embarked on a fascinating science project that delves into the effectiveness of antibacterial and normal soaps in combating bacterial growth. With the rise of concerns about the impact of antibacterial soaps, Zoey aims to shed light on whether normal soap can match


By: Sarina H.Year: 2023School: Kraemer MiddleGrade: 7 Freshwater acidification is a growing concern globally, with significant attention focused on understanding its potential impact on aquatic ecosystems. While extensive research has been conducted on ocean acidification due to rising carbon dioxide levels, less attention has been given to its freshwater counterpart. This science project aims to bridge this

OCSEF Student Maya Gandhi Wins Thermo Fisher JIC Top Winners Award

Congratulations to our star student Maya Gandhi! Earlier this year Maya was announced among the 30 finalists in the 2023 Thermo Fisher Scientific Junior Innovators Challenge — the nation’s premier STEM research competition for middle school students. Maya got to be flown to Washington, DC to participate in the Finals Week of the competition and

Battle of the Best: Exploring Natural Alternatives to Combat E. Coli Infections

By: Meghana W.Year: 2023School: Deerfield ElementaryGrade: 6Science Teacher: Aimee Rosser In today’s world, E. Coli outbreaks have become increasingly common, claiming countless lives. While lab-made antibiotics against E. Coli do exist, they often remain inaccessible to underserved and rural populations due to cost and limited facilities. Additionally, the bacterium has developed increased resistance to antibiotics, emphasizing the need

It’s All About Offense

By: Eli L.Year: 2023School: Fairmont Private Schools, North Tustin CampusGrade: 8Science Teacher: Joshua Riturban Baseball has always been a sport characterized by excitement, and excitement often stems from offense. However, the game has evolved over the years, and changes in environmental factors can significantly impact batting statistics in Major League Baseball (MLB). This experiment seeks to answer the