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Middle School Engineering Challenges: Discipline Specific by Grade Levels

Jump to: Grade 6 | Grade 7 | Grade 8 Grade Six Discipline Specific Course Model: Earth and Space Science Engineering Connection: Solar Array Design Chapter 6,   p. 599 This concept has important engineering applications for solar energy California hosts several of the world’s largest arrays of solar panels. When people place solar panels on

Seven OCSEF Students Selected in Broadcom MASTERS’ Top 300 National Innovators

A record number of SEVEN Middle-School students who submitted projects for the 2021 OCSEF were selected among the nation’s Top 300 MASTERS in the 10th annual Broadcom MASTERS® — the nation’s premier Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) competition for middle school students. The Broadcom MASTERS, a program of the Society for Science, seeks to inspire

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

How To Select A Topic For Your Science Fair Project

Dr. D. Helmeste, November 2020. Daiga Helmeste, PhD, is a well-established Psychiatry & Human Behavior, School of Medicine Professor and also a teacher at the OCSEF Academy. We asked her guidance on things to keep in mind when choosing a research topic for a science fair project. The Orange County Science and Engineering Fair is

The Affect of COVID-19 on Students’ Participation in Science Fair Projects

Do COVID-19 and the Safe at Home order affect students’ participation in science fair projects? According to Huy Pham, a science teacher at Westminster High School, they do. “I had a lot of students wanting to participate in OCSEF, as it is one of the opportunities still available to them,” Mr. Pham says. “But with

Top 5 Reasons To Do A Science Fair Project

Could there be a better time to do your science project than during COVID?! While you’re stuck at home, it may be a good time to think about an exciting STEM project that you can focus on while we all wait for the vaccine. Registration for the 2021 Orange County Science & Engineering Fair opens

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. The Scientific Review Committee Applications (prerequisite to

OCSEF Legacy: Jan and Richard Cannon (1964)

When Jan Burnett first signed up for the 1964 Orange County Science and Engineering Fair (OCSEF), she had no idea that she would meet her future husband there.  Because their last names were close together alphabetically, Jan Burnett’s and Richard Cannon’s projects were right next to each other at the state competition. The two spent