16 and Bee

By: Anton G.Year: 2024School: Costa Mesa HighGrade: 9Science Teacher: Paul Serio Honeybee colonies are facing numerous threats, including pesticides, parasites, diseases, and the invasion of difficult-to-manage African Hybrid Bees (AHB). Introduced inadvertently in Brazil in the 1950s, these African bees have spread as far north as California, replacing many feral European honeybee (EHB) colonies. To address this growing

Filtration of Microplastics: Pumice versus Activated Carbon

By: Mohan G.Year: 2024School: Fairmont Private Schools, Anaheim HillsGrade: 6Science Teacher: Michael Morin Microplastics, tiny plastic debris less than 5 mm in size, have become a significant threat to our ecosystem. These minuscule particles, which can take hundreds to thousands of years to degrade, are now pervasive in our water, air, and marine life. Not only do they

Evalutating the Cost-Effectiveness and Productivity of Geoengineering Methods

By: Abhijith S., Neil D., Shrey M.Year: 2024School: Venado Middle SchoolGrade: 8Science Teacher: Eugene Hahn In the quest to combat global warming, geoengineering presents promising methods for reflecting heat radiation away from Earth. The project conducted by Neil, Shrey and Abhijith aimed to determine which of the two solar geoengineering methods, space mirroring or stratospheric aerosol injection (S.A.I.),

Sky Eye Wing: The Novel Sustainable Solar Powered Infrared Wildfire Surveillance Unmanned Aircraft System With Intelligent Autopilot Software

By: William Y.Year: 2024School: Fairmont Preparatory AcademyGrade: 9Science Teacher: Afsaneh Miller In the realm of wildfire management, the introduction of the Sustainable Sky Eye Wing marks a significant advancement. This innovative unmanned aircraft system (UAS) is specifically designed to assist fire personnel in detecting and monitoring wildfires. The Sky Eye Wing incorporates a suite of cutting-edge technologies, making

UAV-based Wildfire Risk Assessment Through Geospatial Machine Learning

By: Kevin P.Year: 2024School: Sage HillGrade: 11Science Teacher: Aaron Soffa Wildfires have increasingly become a significant threat, wreaking havoc on ecosystems and communities. With the growing urgency to prevent these destructive events, innovative solutions are imperative. Kevin’s project introduces an approach to wildfire risk prediction through the development of a novel drone platform. This platform is designed to

Quantifying Live Cell Liquid-Liquid Phase Separation Condensates

By: Lilian G.Year: 2024School: University HighGrade: 11Science Teacher: Tim Smay Liquid-liquid phase separation (LLPS), a process where biomolecular condensates form from proteins or nucleic acids, plays a critical role in various cellular functions by housing diverse chemical reactions. However, the dysregulation of LLPS has been linked to severe health conditions, including tumorigenesis and neurodegenerative diseases. This underscores

Unmasking CyberSecurity Vulnerabilities in Direct and Transitive OSS Dependencies

By: Sebastian A.Year: 2024School: Northwood HighGrade: 10Science Teacher: Angie Oliveras In today’s digital landscape, where open-source software (OSS) plays a pivotal role in powering everything from entertainment platforms to critical infrastructure, cybersecurity has become a pressing concern. The widespread use of OSS brings numerous benefits, including cost-effectiveness and collaborative development, but it also introduces vulnerabilities, often lurking within

A Computer Vision Approach to Radial Velocity Extraction for Exoplanet Detection

By: Katelyn G.Year: 2024School: Sage HillGrade: 11Science Teacher: Beril Tekin In the vast expanse of the cosmos, where stars twinkle against the infinite canvas of space, lies a treasure trove of mysteries waiting to be unraveled. Among these enigmatic entities are exoplanets, celestial bodies orbiting stars beyond our solar system. For centuries, humanity gazed at the night sky,

Creating a Versatile Mobile Device to Assist the Visually Impaired Using Object Detection

By: Atharv P.Year: 2024School: Fairmont Private Schools, North Tustin CampusGrade: 8Science Teacher: Joshua Riturban The challenges faced by visually impaired individuals often require the support of innovative technology to facilitate daily tasks. Atharv’s OCSEF project aims to bridge this gap by creating a device that enhances the lives of the visually impaired. The prototype Atharv built is equipped

The Trajectories of Different Golf Balls

By: Kaylee T.Year: 2024School: Fairmont Private SchoolGrade: 7Science Teacher: Joshua Riturban Golf is a sport where precision and performance go hand in hand, and one of the most important aspects of the game is choosing the right equipment. In this science project, the goal is to analyze how the compression rate of different golf balls affects the distance