Five OCSEF Students Named to 2022 Top 300 Broadcom MASTERS

Society for Science and Broadcom Foundation announced the Top 300 competitors in the 2022 Broadcom MASTERS® — the nation’s premier STEM competition for middle school students. Five Orange County Science and Engineering Fair students were named to this prestigious group.   Broadcom MASTERS is a competition for sixth to eighth grade students designed to inspire and

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

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

How to Pick a Science/Engineering Project Topic

In preparations for the 68th Orange County Science and Engineering Fair in March 2023, our team has created a Powerpoint presentation designed to help you how to pick the topic for your next project. The presentation, based on our preparation workshop, will walk you through from starting the process, personalizing your project, brainstorming, bouncing off

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

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

Teacher Appreciation Day: Catching Up with Science Teacher Andi Suter

It’s Teacher Appreciation Day! Mrs. Andi Suter M.Ed. from Serrano Intermediate School in Lake Forest is one of the prominent name on students’ OCSEF applications in the last couple of years. We caught up with the 8th Grade STEAM Village Science Teacher, who’s finishing up her 27th year in the district this year. “I found

Submitting A Project: Tutorial Videos

Welcome to OCSEF’s “How-to” videos library. We have recorded these videos as tutorials for the whole process of registering your project for OCSEF 2022. Please click on the titles below to watch the videos (via YouTube). 1. How to create an Initial Project Screening application  2. Project description – Good vs Bad example  3. How to

OC Student Crowned Rising Star at Broadcom MASTERS STEM Competition

Following his 1st place win at OCSEF-Behavioral Science category earlier this year, Sebastian Alexis from Sierra Vista Middle School, Irvine, CA impressed the Broadcom MASTERS judges with his project Quantifying the Effectiveness of Lockdown Measures using Effective Reproduction Number (Rt) of SARS-CoV2. Sebe’s study looked specifically at COVID in Orange County and found that the

OC Student Takes Engineering 2nd Place Award at Broadcom MASTERS 2021

Clara Choi from Orange County School of the Arts, Santa Ana won $2,500 cash grant  with her project EEG Study of Virtual Learning Demonstrates Worsened Learning Outcomes and Higher Mirror Neuron Activation Inspired by her dance class cancelation due to COVID-19, Clara studied how mirror neurons in the brain are activated during virtual and in-person learning. Study