|ACLC Comes Home Big Winner at County Science and Engineering Fair|
Published: Friday, 29 March 2013 02:04
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