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The 51st Colorado Science and Engineering Fair was held at Lory Student Center on the Colorado State University campus on April 6 - 8, 2006.

This year, CSEF winners were chosen from among 283 projects represented by 317 finalists from 116 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 50 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.

Scholarships from Adams State College (ASC), Colorado School of Mines (CSM), Colorado State University - Pueblo, and University of Colorado - Boulder were also presented. Adams State College awarded twelve one-year full resident tuition and fees scholarships. The Colorado School of Mines awarded five four-year half resident tuition scholarships. Colorado State University - Pueblo awarded three $1,000 scholarships. The University of Colorado - Boulder awarded four one-year scholarships ranging in value from $1,500 to $4,000. 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.

The 2006 Colorado Science and Engineering Fair had 24 sponsors. Sponsors included 8 Platinum Sponsors (providing over $2,500 of support), 6 Gold Sponsors ($1,000 - $2,500 of support each), and 10 Regular Sponsors ($500 - $750 of support each). In addition, there were 14 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.

This year, the CSEF was honored to have guest speaker, Mr. Len Barron. Mr. Barron began college when he was thirty years old after years of hauling scrap iron, selling magazines and driving a cab. Since graduating from the University of Colorado in 1967 and Antioch-Putney Graduate School in 1969, he has been engaged in various education projects that include founding and directing a school for high school drop-outs and teaching at the University of Colorado, San Diego State University, Prescott College in Arizona, and Dull Knife Memorial College on the Northern Cheyenne Reservation in Montana.

He has written and directed six theatre pieces, including Walking Lightly . . . A Portrait of Einstein with which he has been touring the country since September of 1989. During that time, he has also given workshops in schools at all levels that draw attention to the elemental principles that govern the thought and practice of Einstein. Those principles are fairness, beauty, and playfulness. What distinguishes human beings from other living beings is that human beings are hard-wired with the ability to imagine zillions of possibilities. Science and engineering and the rest of human history are stories of possibilities.

With that in mind, Mr. Barron shared storied of children and energy fields and growing older and doing things beautifully.


The top two individual Senior Division project exhibitors and the top team Senior Division project exhibitors won an all-expense paid trip to compete in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Indianapolis, IN May 7 - 13, 2006. First place went to Chris Messick, Sargent High School in Monte Vista, grade 11, for the project Point and Click, Literally, Phase II. Second place went to Malcolm Young , Centaurus High School in Lafayette, grade 11, for the project Coral Bleaching Adaptation. The first place Senior Division team project was Max Krakauer & Alex Ruch , Palmer High School in Colorado Springs, grade 10, for the project Lighting a Fire: A Study of the Fuels Involved in the Hayman Fire . Awarded third place for best individual project and winner of an all-expense paid trip to observe at the Intel ISEF was Lindsey Rugh, Hotchkiss High School, grade 9, for the project Fire on the Mountain.

The winner of the Ralph F. Desch Memorial Technical Writing Award was Meredith MacGregor from Fairview High School in Boulder, grade 11, for the project Cracking the Brazil Nut Effect.

The winners of the Senior Division Student Choice Award were Robert Glissmann & Gwyneth Glissmann, Peak to Peak Charter School in Lafayette, grades 12 & 9, for the project Using Eulerian Models to Determine Initial Conditions of Severe Weather. The Junior Division Student Choice winner was Caitlin Reeves, Cortez Middle School in Cortez, grade 8, for the project Contagious Laughing.

The winner of the Poster Art Contest was Boya Liu, Fairview High School in Boulder.

The winners of the Pioneers of Science Awards were:
Reno Tsosie, Cortez Middle School in Cortez, grade 7 for the project Color and Memory;
Lilith Jacobs, Bromley East Charter School in Brighton, grade 7 for the project Drinking Water or Wearing Magnets?;
Antonia Lira
, Lamar Middle School in Lamar, grade 8 for the project Do Multiple Washings of Sleepwear Affect the Flame Resistance?;
Kevin Harris, Wiggins Jr/Sr High School in Wiggins, grade 7 for the project The Sky Is Falling;
Kaitlin Hanenburg, The Classical Academy in Colorado Springs, grade 8 for the project Sound Asleep Keeping Houses Quiet,
Noah Fischer, St. Columba School in Durango, grade 8 for the project Mold: A Study on Mold Growth in the Aftermath of a Flood;
Buddy Watson, Trinity Lutheran School in Fort Morgan, grade 7 for the project Home Sweet Home Field Advantage?;
Bess Boucher, North Middle School in Colorado Springs, grade 6 for the project Down Deep Into Your Teeth;
Monica Brandhuber, Casey Middle School in Boulder, grade 6 for the project Who's Germier? Man or Beast?;
Shawn Guice, Miller Middle School in Durango, grade 6 for the project Super Speed; and
Bethany Maxwell, Dolores Middle School in Dolores, grade 6 for the project Monkeying Around With Sea Monkeys.

The winner of the CSEF Teacher of the Year Award was T J Donahue of Cherry Creek High School in Greenwood Village. Dr. Donahue 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 Challenge. This year, two Colorado students were named as Semi-Finalists.

See the complete list of CSEF Grand Award winners, Special Award winners, and Scholarship winners or print an official 2006 Press Release.

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