52nd Colorado Science and Engineering Fair was held at Lory
Student Center on the Colorado State University campus on April 5 -
This year, CSEF
winners were chosen from among 281 projects
represented by 302 finalists from 114 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 700 people attended the Awards Ceremony this year.
Adams State College (ASC), Colorado School of Mines (CSM), Syracuse
Pulp and Paper Foundation, 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
six four-year half resident tuition scholarships. The University of
Colorado - Boulder awarded four one-year scholarships ranging in value
from $1,500 to $4,000. The Syracuse Pulp and Paper Foundation awarded
one $17,000 scholarship to State University of New York - College of
Environmental Science and Forestry. 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 2007 Colorado
Science and Engineering Fair had 24 sponsors. Sponsors included 10 Platinum
Sponsors (providing over $2,500 of support), 3 Gold Sponsors ($1,000
- $2,500 of support each), 1 Silver Sponsor (providing $750 - $1,000
of support) and 11 Regular Sponsors ($500 - $750 of support each). In
addition, there were 16 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, Dr. Stephen Thompson, Professor
of Chemistry, Director of the Center for Science, Mathematics &
Technology Education, University Distinguished Teaching Scholar and
professional fire eater. Dr. Thompson's talk was entitled "Fire
in the Mind."
The origin is fire
is lost in antiquity and yet all ancient communities possess myths about
how fire was given and kept. Since the beginning of time fire has been
a powerful element in the lives of people. Fire transforms, consumes,
cooks, warms, protects and induces meditation and revenue. Over 50,000
years ago indigenous people have used controlled fire to recycle nutrients
and to enhance hunting. The fire stick is still a central part of aboriginal
culture in Australia, which may be described as a continent shaped by
fire. For the Greeks fire was a fundamental element and part of all
material contribution. Through the17th and19th centuries, fire was one
of the great problems in science, as well as an element in poetry and
magic. Lavoisier and Priestly developed the modern interpretation of
fire with the discovery of dioxygen and carbon dioxide. We now know
that hydrocarbon combustion systems are dynamic chain reaction systems
that possess strange chaotic properties and interesting macroscopic-structures.
Dr. Stephen Thompson has studied the scientific, cultural, magical,
and spiritual nature of fire for over 50 years and will give a demonstration
of the ultimate human interaction with fire.
COLORADO SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING FAIR TOP AWARDS
The top Senior
Division individual project exhibitor of the 52nd Colorado Science and
Engineering Fair and winner of an all-expense paid trip to compete in
the Intel International Science
and Engineering Fair was Chelsea Oden, Monte Vista High School
in Monte Vista, grade 11, for the project A Wrinkle in Prime: An
Investigation of Prime Properties in a Four-Dimensional Sieve of Eratosthenes.
Second place for best individual project, and also a winner of an all-expense
paid trip to compete at the Intel ISEF was Atticus Bergman, Fairview
High School in Boulder, grade 11, for the project That Flocking Convection.
Awarded third place for best individual project and winner of an all-expense
paid trip to observe at the Intel ISEF was Daniel Smith, Herzl
Rocky Mountain Hebrew Academy, grade 11, for the project Reading
Fingers: A System for Automatic Guitar Composition. The first place
Senior Division team project and winner of an all-expense paid trip
to compete in the Intel ISEF was Bailey Leppek & Derek Kramer,
Cherry Creek High School in Greenwood Village, grade 11, for the project
Ethanol Synthesis from Different Biodegradable Household Waste Products.
The winner of the
Ralph F. Desch Memorial Technical Writing Award was John Huffman
from Eagle Valley High School in Gypsum, grade 12, for the project Response
of Euglena gracilis to Magnesium Chloride Exposure.
The winner of the
Senior Division Student Choice Award was Leslie Hase, Merino
Jr/Sr High School in Merino, grade 12, for the project A Combat Against
Cavity Causing Bacteria: Raisins as a Functional Food for Oral Health.
The Junior Division Student Choice winner was Abbi Helfer,
North Middle School in Colorado Springs, grade 7, for the project Pan-Demonium.
The winner of the
Poster Art Contest was Marlee Canada, Home Schooled in Mosca.
The winners of
the Pioneers of Science Awards were Avery DiUbaldo, Cherry Creek
Challenge School in Denver, grade 8 for the project Studies of the
Pheromonal Capabilities of the Western Harvester Ant; Majed Aldhamari,
Blevins Junior High School in Fort Collins, grade 8 for the project
Chromatic Adaption; Cody Hervert, Eagle County Charter
Academy in Edwards, grade 8 for the project Intoxicated - Intechnicated
"What's the Difference?; Katie Romano, Harrison Middle
School in Canon City, grade 6 for the project The Day After . . .
A Day at the Beach; Jorge Arrendondo, Cheyenne Wells Middle
School in Cheyenne Wells, grade 8 for the project Chlorinated Water
vs. Carbon Filters, Dylan Cleveland, Canon City Middle School
in Canon City, grade 6 for the project Does the Earth Move Under
Your Feet?; Taylor Bond, St. Peter's Lutheran School in Monte
Vista, grade 6 for the project Get Your Head Out of the Cloud Point;
Isaiah Branch-Boyle, St. Columba School in Durango, grade 8 for
the project Journey to a Hydrogen Future; Jana Elrick,
Arriba-Flagler School in Flagler, grade 7 for the project Whether
It Weathers; Noah Jordan, Windsor Charter Academy in Windsor,
grade 6 for the project A Sticky Situation; Alyssa Loveland,
Lamar Middle School in Lamar, grade 7 for the project Did Lamar Receive
Any Acid Snow?; Joshua Shettler, Holy Family Catholic School
in Grand Junction, grade 8 for the project Mathematical Algorithms
and the Physics of a Roller Coaster; Laci Pennington, Lamar
Middle School in Lamar, grade 7 for the project Does Heat Affect
Your Hair Strength?; Kally Williams, Cortez Middle School
in Cortez, grade 6 for the project How Do Different Beverages Effect
Human Teeth?; Brenna Christensen, Miller Middle School in
Durango, grade 6 for the project Jammin' Germs; Phillip Foy,
Otis Jr/Sr High School in Otis, grade 8 for the project Amazing Ice;
Sami Hourieh, Parkview Elementary School in Lamar, grade 6 for
the project Electromagnets and Iron Bolts; and Alexa Major,
Fowler Junior High School in Fowler, grade 7 for the project Good
Salt, Bad Salt - Which Is Which?.
The winner of the
CSEF Teacher of the Year Award was Haydee Phelps of Summit Middle
School in Boulder. Ms. Phelps 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, 12 Colorado
students were named as Semi-Finalists
and Ambrose Soehn was chosen as a Finalist to attend the DCYSC competition
in Washington, DC, October, 2007.
the complete list of CSEF Grand
Award winners, Special
Award winners, and Scholarship
winners or print a copy of the official 2007 Press Release.