ACLC Comes Home Big Winner at County Science and Engineering Fair

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Alameda Community Learning Center's budding scientists and engineers placed well at the March 8 and 9 Alameda County Science and Engineering Fair.

Thirty-seven young scholars from the Alameda Community Learning Center (ACLC) entered projects in the Alameda County Science and Engineering Fair on March 8 and 9 at the Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton.

Twenty-two of the projects earned at least fourth-place recognition, with six receiving seven different special awards and three winning first-place awards. The judges honored one ACLC entry as a grand-prize runner-up.

Ninth-grader Sophia Moore's project "What is the Effect of Ammonium Acetate on Specific Phytoplankton in the Oakland Estuary?" earned a grand-prize runner- up award as well as first place and best in category in high school biological sciences. As one of only two grand-prize runners-up, Moore will receive a fully funded trip to the California State Science Fair in Los Angeles, California's most elite science competition for middle and high school student projects.

Ninth-grader Joshua Morgan's project "Gone with the Wind" earned first place in the highschool engineering category. He also won a special award from the American Meteorological Society. Seventh-grader Mary Jane Howland's project, "Dancing Dynamics" won first place in the middle-school physics category.

In the high school division, Camilla Guiza-Chavez received a firstplace special award from the Dublin- San Ramon Water District for "Can Duckweed Absorb Ammonium Nitrate?"

Michelle Cosette also received a special award from the water district and another from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) for "Implications of Temperature Variance on Oil-Spill Clean-ups."

Angela Kim received a special award from the Department of Health and Human Services for her project, "Obsessive Compulsive Disorder."

In the middle-school division, the Northern California Branch of the American Association Laboratory Animal Science (NCBAALS) honored Molly Howland with an animal science award for her "Planaria: Uncovering the Mystery of Regeneration."

The American Vacuum Society recognized Luca van der Meer for her project "Siphon Speed-up or Slow-down."

"Science has always been one of ACLC's strong suits," said David Hoopes, the school's lead facilitator. "Paul Bentz, one of our original founders and current executive director, was a chemistry teacher and has continued to foster a passion for the sciences in our program.

Winners in the high-school division included:

■ Sophia Moore: Runner-up Grand Prize, First Place Biological Sciences, Best in Category

■ Joshua Morgan: First Place, Engineering, Special Award American Meteorological Society

■ Camilla Guiza-Chavez: First Place Special Award , Dublin-San Ramon Water District, Fourth Place , Botany

■ Michelle Cossette: Special Award, Dublin-San Ramon Water District, NOAA Award

■ Angela Kim: Special Award, Department of Health

■ Cailean Demmon: Second Place, Animal Science

■ Patrick Melendez: Second Place, Environmental Science

■ Eli Solomon: Second Place , Physical Science

■ Jessica Wu: Third Place, Biological Sciences

■ Aidan Chin: Fourth Place, Biological Sciences

■ Zachary Engberg: Fourth Place, Animal Science

■ Catherine Norboe: Fourth Place, Physical Science

■ Adam Orla,Bukowski: Fourth Place, Physical Scienc Among the middle-school division winners were:

■ Molly Howland, Special Award NCBAALAS Animal Science, Third Place, Animal Science

■ Luca van der Meer, American Vacuum Society Award

■ Mary Jane Howland, First Place, Physics

■ Michael MacLeod, Second Place, Engineering

■ Kimberley Carter, Third Place, Physics

■ Rudi Skowronski, Third Place, Alternative Energy

■ Francisco Bautista: Fourth Place, Biological Science

■ Bethany Kharrazi: Fourth Place, Behavioral Science


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