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COLORADO SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING FAIR
This year, CSEF
winners were chosen from among 284 projects
represented by 313 finalists from 113 schools and 13 regions within
the state. More than 100 professional scientists, engineers and mathematicians
interviewed the students and evaluated their projects before selecting
the Grand Award winners. In addition, over 40 businesses, professional
societies, and government agencies provided more than 100 of their
own representatives to judge exhibits based on their own criteria.
They judged the student finalists and conferred Special Awards which
represented an aspect of the bestowing organization. These included
college scholarships, offers of summer employment, field trips, cash,
savings bonds, and calculators. Over 1,000 people attended the Awards
Ceremony this year.
from Adams State College (ASC), Colorado School of Mines (CSM) and
University of Colorado - Boulder were also presented. Adams State
College awarded ten one-year full resident tuition and fees scholarships.
The Colorado School of Mines awarded five four-year full resident
tuition scholarships. The University of Colorado - Boulder awarded
four one-year scholarships ranging in value from $1,000 to full tuition.
The Intel Foundation also awarded a $2,000 scholarship to a twelfth
grader in the name of Ryan Patterson (Intel ISEF top winner in 2001)
for use at the college or university of their choice.
2004 Colorado Science and Engineering Fair had 20 sponsors. Sponsors
included 4 Platinum Sponsors (providing over $2,500 of support), 7 Gold
Sponsors ($1,000 - $2,500 of support each), 1 Silver Sponsors ($750
- $1,000 of support each), and 8 Regular Sponsors ($500 - $750 of support
each). In addition, there were 8 Financial Contributors (less than $500
each). Also, several individuals donated through the Denver Combined
Federal Campaign. Persons interested in supporting the CSEF financially should view the sponsorship/contributor guidelines.
year, the CSEF was honored to have guest speaker, Mr. Richard Foch.
Mr. Foch is the head of the Vehicle Research Section in the Offboard
Countermeasures (OCM) branch of the US Naval Research Laboratory (NRL).
Since joining NRL in 1985, Mr. Foch has overseen such projects as the
Low Altitude/Airspeed Unmanned Research Aircraft, the Flying Radar Target
ATD, the Self-Navigating Drone, Expendable/Reconerable, and the Navy's
Micro Tactical Expendable micro air vehicle.
Foch's personal interests also lie in the areas of aviation as he earned
his pilot's license in 1976, has been involved in the design and construction
of several homebuilt general aviation aircraft and is an avid enthusiast
of radio controlled model airplanes.
COLORADO SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING FAIR TOP AWARDS
top Senior Division individual project exhibitor of the 49th Colorado
Science and Engineering Fair and winner of an all-expense paid trip
to compete in the Intel International
Science and Engineering Fair was Balaji Sridhar, Cherry Creek
High School in Greenwood Village, grade 11, for the project Optimization
of a Novel Process of Removal of Arsenic Residues from Drinking Water
Treatment Sludge. Second place for best individual project, and
also a winner of an all-expense paid trip to compete at the Intel ISEF
was Alex Woods, Fairview High School in Boulder, grade 10, for
the project Real-time Calculation of the Rocket Roll Attitude Using
the On-Board Video Camera. Awarded third place for best individual
project and winner of an all-expense paid trip to observe at the Intel
ISEF was Craig Wright, Woodlin School in Woodrow, grade 12, for
the project Surface Fabrication and Characterization for DNA-Based
Biosensors. The first place Senior Division team project and winner
of an all-expense paid trip to compete in the Intel ISEF was Graham
Anderson & Shervin Rahimpour, Palmer High School in Colorado
Springs, grade 10 & 11 respectively, for the project Is Free
Radical Induced Cell Membrane Destruction Leading to Heart Disease?.
winner of the Ralph F. Desch Memorial Technical Writing Award was
Meredith MacGregor from Fairview High School in Boulder,
grade 9, for the project Centigrade 4.0: Turbulent Penetrative
Convection in Chilled Water.
The winner of
the Senior Division Student Choice Award was Adam Sidman, Palmer
High School in Palmer High School, grade 10, for the project Camera
Stabilization. The Junior Division Student Choice winner was Timothy
Schneider, Miller Middle School in Durango, grade 8, for the project
Micorpower - Microchips in Miniature Robotics and Other Projects.
The winner of
the Poster Art Contest was Christina O'Connell, Hotchkiss High
School in Hotchkiss.
The winner of
the second CSEF Teacher of the Year Award was Nancy Gettman
of Woodlin School in Woodrow. Ms. Gettman received a $3,000 grant
to use towards scientific research in his classroom and school.
All of the 1st
and 2nd place Junior Division category winners were nominated for
the Discovery Channel Young Scientist Challange. This year, three
Colorado students were named as Semi-Finalists.