Optimizing Plant Microbial Fuel Cell Energy Output: The Effect of Anodic Substance and Shape

By: Maya G.Year: 2023School: Fairmont Private Schools, Anaheim HillsGrade: 8Science Teacher: Michael Morin In a world facing ever-increasing energy demands and environmental challenges, young innovators like Maya are stepping up to the plate, using their scientific curiosity and ingenuity to seek sustainable solutions. Maya, a student participating in the Orange County Science and Engineering Fair, embarked on a

The Efficacy of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Countermeasures in Public Parking Facilities

By: Saachi H.Year: 2023School: Fairmont Private Schools, North Tustin CampusGrade: 8Science Teacher: Joshua Riturban In today’s world, the issue of air pollution is a growing concern. One of the most insidious contributors to this problem is carbon monoxide (CO), a highly toxic gas emitted predominantly by vehicles powered by fossil fuels. Among the various settings where CO emissions

What is in Your Yogurt?

By: Alexandra I.Year: 2023School: Rancho San Joaquin MiddleGrade: 8Science Teacher: Paige Morris In today’s health-conscious world, yogurt is often hailed as a superfood, marketed by a multibillion-dollar industry as the elixir of gut health. But is this portrayal accurate? Are the expensive yogurt brands truly superior when it comes to probiotic content? Alexandra set out to demystify the

Mirror Tracing and the Temporal Lobe

By: Naim B.Year: 2023School: Magnolia Science Academy Santa AnaGrade: 10Science Teacher: Asiye Dumlu The human brain is an extraordinary organ, constantly adapting and evolving to navigate the complexities of our ever-changing environment. This remarkable ability to learn and adapt is orchestrated by various regions of the brain, including the temporal lobe and the hippocampus. Naim’s primary goal in

Analyzing Social Media Sentiment on Mass Shootings with Machine Learning

By: Marissa H.Year: 2023School: Woodbridge HighGrade: 9Science Teacher: Tracy Walla In a world where major tragedies seem to occur all too frequently, one pressing concern is the dwindling public attention span that follows these events. The window of opportunity to implement meaningful changes with substantial public support in the aftermath of such tragedies has been shrinking. This is

Modeling Nanoparticle-Based Therapy in Tumor Growth

By: Hailey V.Year: 2023School: Portola HighGrade: 10Science Teacher: Erica Borquez In the realm of medical science, the landscape of cancer therapy has been undergoing a remarkable transformation over the past decade. The emergence of targeted therapies has opened new avenues to interrupt the intricate molecular processes that fuel the growth of cancer cells. With each patient’s cancer being

Cellular Protein Degradation Pathways

Study focusing on human Sodium-dependent Multi Vitamin Transporter (hSMVT) and its application in cancer cell targeting By: Arjun G.Year: 2023School: Los Alamitos HighGrade: 11Science Teacher: Brighton Merrell In the realm of scientific exploration, few projects carry the promise of transforming lives as much as Arjun’s groundbreaking study on the human Sodium-dependent Multivitamin Transporter (hSMVT) and its potential application

Evaluating the Effects of Varying Wavelengths of Electromagnetic Radiation on Bacterial Growth

By: Kaixuan H.Year: 2023School: Sage Hill SchoolGrade: 11Science Teacher: Todd Haney In the quest for advancing public health, the rise of antibiotic-resistant bacteria has posed a significant challenge. As we face this ever-growing threat, exploring alternative methods of disinfection and sterilization becomes paramount. Kaixuan, in his OCSEF project, embarked on a science project with the goal of evaluating

Hepatitis B Patient-Derived Virus Shows Replication Step-Dependent Resistance to Interferon Treatment in an In-Vitro Chronic Infection Model

By: Annabel T.Year: 2023School: Northwood HighGrade: 12Science Teacher: Karen Zhou Hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection is a major global health concern, affecting approximately 300 million people worldwide. Despite significant advancements in medical science, there is still no definitive cure for chronic HBV infection. Interferon (IFN), an antiviral cytokine, represents the first-line treatment for HBV patients. However, clinical studies

Observing the Functions of Dinoflagellate Algae in order to Explore it as a Usable Light Source

By: Trimy T..Year: 2023School: Westminster HighGrade: 10Science Teacher: Huy Pham In a world striving for sustainable and eco-friendly alternatives, the search for energy-efficient and self-sufficient light sources has led researchers and innovators to explore unconventional solutions. One such intriguing project, undertaken by Trimy, involves harnessing the unique properties of bioluminescent algae to create a renewable and inexpensive light