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COLORADO SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING FAIR
51st Colorado Science and Engineering Fair was held at Lory Student
Center on the Colorado State University campus on April 6 - 8, 2006.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
that in mind, Mr. Barron shared storied of children and energy fields
and growing older and doing things beautifully.
COLORADO SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING FAIR TOP AWARDS
top Senior Division individual project exhibitor of the 51st Colorado
Science and Engineering Fair and winner of an all-expense paid trip
to compete in the Intel International
Science and Engineering Fair was Chris Messick, Sargent High
School in Monte Vista, grade 11, for the project Point and Click,
Literally, Phase II. Second place for best individual project, and
also a winner of an all-expense paid trip to compete at the Intel ISEF
was Malcolm Young , Centaurus High School in Lafayette, grade
11, for the project Coral Bleaching Adaptation. 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
first place Senior Division team project and winner of an all-expense
paid trip to compete in the Intel ISEF 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
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
winner of the Senior Division Student Choice Award was Robert Glissmann
& Gwenyth 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.
winner of the Poster Art Contest was Boya Liu, Fairview High
School in Boulder.
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.
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
of the 1st and 2nd place Junior Division category winners were nominated
for the Discovery Channel Young Scientist Challange. This year, two
Colorado students were named as Semi-Finalists.
the complete list of CSEF Grand
Award winners, Special
Award winners, and Scholarship
winners or print an official 2006 Press Release.