Lift it Up: The Effect of Liquid Density on Hydraulic Elevator Speed

By: Jayden ThiYear: 2023School: Renascence School InternationalGrade: 6Science Teacher: Hannah Juang In this project, Jayden conducted an experiment to explore the impact of different liquids on the speed of a hydraulic elevator. By constructing a mini-hydraulic elevator using everyday materials, Jayden aimed to determine the quickest working liquid for this type of elevator. Water served as the control,

Golf Ball Dispensing Apparatus

By: Derek K.Year: 2023School: Arnold O. Beckman HighGrade: 11Science Teacher: Charles Beilin Golf is gaining popularity during and post COVID, and practice ranges are often packed at peak hours.Making golf practice at home more effective and efficient will be beneficial to tens of millions golfers of all ages. A portable gravity driven smart golf ball dispenser plays an important

Evaluating the Carbon Degradation Potential of Marine plasmids

By: Pranav M.Year: 2022School: University HighGrade: 12Science Teacher: Timothy Smay Marine ecosystems play a critical role in the global carbon cycle, and bacteria are the primary drivers of carbon degradation in these environments. However, the distribution and diversity of carbohydrate-active enzymes (CAZymes) on plasmids, which are non-chromosomal DNA, of marine bacteria have been relatively understudied until now. Pranav’s

Tsunami Detection Device

By: Atharv P.Year: 2022School: Fairmont Private Schools, North Tustin CampusGrade: 6Science Teacher: Joshua Riturban Atharv, a 6th grader student, has embarked on an ambitious project to better detect tsunamis. His project involves calculating the speed and time of a tsunami and building a wave tank to simulate a tsunami. Atharv’s project is both innovative and timely, as tsunamis can

The Effect of Garlic Essence and Varying Concentrations of Bacteriophages on Escherichia coli

By: Ryan M.Year: 2022School: Fairmont Private SchoolsGrade: 8Science Teacher: Michael Morin Each year, E. coli infections cause significant health problems in the United States, with approximately 265,000 illnesses and about 100 deaths reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Current treatments for pathogenic E. coli infections can increase the risk of kidney failure, making it essential

Estimation of Rate of Mass/Energy Loss in a Black Hole & Neutron Star Binary System Collision

By: Anshul A.Year: 2022School: Portola HighGrade: 11 Science Teacher: John Olivares Gravitational waves are a fundamental concept in astrophysics, which refers to the ripples in the fabric of space-time caused by the revolution of two binary black holes, two binary neutron stars, or a combination of both orbiting around a center axis. These waves were first predicted by Albert

The Design and Creation of a Solar Powered Trail Water System

By: Tarini N.Year: 2022School: El Toro HighGrade:  9Science Teacher: Nicole Muilenburg Hiking is a popular activity for millions of people each year, but it can also be dangerous. Dehydration is one of the leading causes of death among hikers on trails. To address this issue, Tarini, a junior ranger in 32 National Parks, set out to create a

Solar Landscape Lighting System

By: Vir P.Year: 2022School: San Clemente HighGrade: 10Science Teacher: Jaques Andre Vir, a young and environmentally conscious individual, was inspired by the amount of electricity wasted by his family and neighbors through outdoor lighting. He embarked on a science project to create an eco-friendly and cost-effective solution to power outdoor lighting. Through his research, he decided to use solar

Synergies and Bactericidal Properties of Copper and Zinc Nanoparticles in Wound Healing

By: Arjun G.Year: 2022School: Los Alamitos HighGrade: 10Science Teacher: Tim Jones Synergies and Bactericidal Properties of Copper (Cu) and Zinc (Zn) Nanoparticles in Wound Healing and Other Potential Antimicrobial Treatment for the Healthcare Industry Antimicrobial resistance is a significant global health problem, leading to the development of alternative therapies for wound treatment and infection prevention. Metal nanoparticles such

Stains are a Pain!

By: Vidur M. and Dante L.Year: 2022School: Woodsboro ElementaryGrade: 6Science Teacher: Tracy Chung In today’s world, appearances matter to many people and having stained teeth can be a source of insecurity. For years, people have been struggling with tooth discoloration caused by their daily beverages but have not been aware of what was causing these