The 54th Colorado Science and Engineering Fair was held at Lory Student Center on the Colorado State University campus on April 9- 11, 2009.
This year, CSEF winners were chosen from among 279 projects represented by 308 finalists from 104 schools and 13 regions within the state. Abstracts for all projects can be read here. More than 120 professional scientists, engineers and mathematicians interviewed the students and evaluated their projects before selecting the Grand Award winners. In addition, over 60 businesses, professional societies, and government agencies provided more than 150 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) and Colorado School of Mines (CSM) were also presented. Adams State College awarded fourteen one-year full resident tuition and fees scholarships. The Colorado School of Mines awarded six four-year 25% resident tuition scholarships. The Colorado Science and Engineering Fair 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. And Penny Propst awarded a Medicine & Health Scholarship to a deserving individual in the Medicine & Health category as well as two Moving Science Forward Scholarships the top two Best Individual Project winners.
The 2009 Colorado Science and Engineering Fair had 25 sponsors. Sponsors included 9 Platinum Sponsors (providing over $2,500 of support), 7 Gold Sponsors ($1,000 - $2,500 of support each), 1 Silver Sponsor ($750 - $1,000 of support) and 8 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, Colorado State Representative Randy Fischer.
Representative Randy Fischer is serving his second term in the state legislature where he represents House District 53. His district includes most of the west side of Fort Collins, including the main campus of Colorado State University and the Larimer campus of Front Range Community College. He serves as vice-chair of the House Agriculture, Livestock, and Natural Resources Committee and is also a member of the House Transportation and Energy Committee. In 2008, Representative Fischer was elected by his caucus to be the Deputy Majority Whip in the State House of Representatives.
Representative Fischer is a third-generation Coloradan and has lived in Fort Collins his entire life. He and his wife, Kathy, have lived in the same home in House District 53 for over 35 years. Representative Fischer earned his BS degree in Natural Resources Management from Colorado State University in 1976. He went on to receive a Master's degree in Civil Engineering, also from CSU. For the past 20 years, Representative Fischer has worked as a consulting engineer specializing in the reclamation and remediation of abandoned mine sites throughout the US and around the world.
During his time in the Colorado legislature, Representative Fischer has focused on issues related to the long-term sustainability of Colorado's economy and environment, such as water supply and water quality, natural resource conservation, and renewable energy. He has also championed educational issues, including many current issues around early childhood, K-12, and higher education.
Representative Fischer and Kathy enjoy spending their time outdoors, growing a big garden each year, hiking, mountaineering and watching wildlife.
2009 COLORADO SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING FAIR TOP AWARDS
The top Senior Division individual project exhibitor of the 54th Colorado Science and Engineering Fair and winner of an all-expense paid trip to compete in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair was David Wu, Cherry Creek High School in Greenwood Village, grade 12, for the project Char and Methanol Synthesis by the Destructive Distillation of Biomass - Environmental Implications. Second place for best individual project, and also a winner of an all-expense paid trip to compete at the Intel ISEF was Kelli Lynch, Blevins Junior High School in Fort Collins, grade 9, for the project Irradiation Extermination. Awarded third place for best individual project and winner of an all-expense paid trip to observe at the Intel ISEF was Sarah Guthrie, Boulder High School in Boulder, grade 12, for the project Effect of Cytotoxic Chemicals on Apoptosis in Caenorhabditis elegans. The first place Senior Division team project and winner of an all-expense paid trip to compete in the Intel ISEF was Lorne Muir II & Nathan Weeks, The Classical Academy in Colorado Springs, grade 9, for the project The Effectiveness of Carbon Water Filters on E. coli and Pharmaceuticals.
The winner of the Ralph F. Desch Memorial Technical Writing Award was Sarah Guthrie from Boulder High School in Boulder, grade 12, for the project Effect of Cytotoxic Chemicals on Apoptosis in Caenorhabditis elegans.
The winner of the Senior Division Student Choice Award was Krista Garchar & Stephanie Williams, Dolores High School in Dolores, grade 10, for the project Can Carnations Smell Like Dead People? Ask a Trained K9. The Junior Division Student Choice winner was Kaley Kukus, Woodlin School in Woodrow, grade 8, for the project Art and Nature: It All Adds Up.
The winner of the Poster Art Contest was Kenna Brown, East Middle School in Grand Junction.
The winners of the Pioneers of Science Awards were:
Reilly Hilbert, Blessed Sacrament Catholic School in Denver, grade 7 for the project Magnificent Metamorphosis;
Katelynn Lippitt, Wiggins Middle School in Wiggins, grade 8 for the project Which Do They Prefer - Crabs and Colors;
Julia Siegel, Herzel Rocky Mountain Hebrew Academy in Denver, grade 7 for the project The Confusion of the Rainbow;
Emma Reece, North Middle School in Colorado Springs, grade 6 for the project Visual Auditory, or Kinesthetic?;
Anthony Clark, Eagle County Charter Academy in Edwards, grade 6 for the project Does Composition Put You Above the Competition?;
Haley Foster, The Classical Academy in Colorado Springs, grade 7 for the project Is Green Clean?;
Jordan Bushnell, Irving Middle School in Colorado Springs, grade 7 for the project Weathering Degradation of Anthropogenic Formations in Marble and Granite;
Lexi Thompson, Otis Jr/Sr High School in Otis, grade 8 for the project H2O Hurricanes Are Heated by Oceans;
Melissa Poet, Arriba-Flagler School in Flagler, grade 8 for the project Feces to Fuel;
Alexandre Basagotia, Sargent Jr/Sr High School in Monte Vista, grade 7 for the project Powerful Garbage;
Patrick Telck, Mountain View Core Knowledge School in Canon City, grade 6 for the project Wood Glue Hold . . . or Not?;
Henry Kamp, Denver School of the Arts in Denver, grade 7 for the project
How A Checkered Chroma-Key Background Makes Light Distortion Visible and Measurable;
Joel Lopez, Woodlin School in Woodrow, grade 8 for the project It's A Dirty Job;
Caleb Wright, Yuma Middle School in Yuma, grade 7 for the project Going Green With Water;
Tyler Meyer, Mt. Garfield Middle School in Clifton, grade 7 for the project Dice Probabilities;
Dominic Carrese, North Middle School in Colorado Springs, grade 6 for the project Give Me Oxygen! The Effects of Wastewater Treatment;
Hunter Sneller, Lincoln Elementary School in Lamar, grade 6 for the project Water vs Gatorade;
MacKenzie Renzelman, Buchanan Middle School in Wray, grade 8 for the project Do Poppy Seeds Affect Drug Tests?;
Austin Zuniga, Roncalli Middle School in Pueblo, grade 6 for the project How Clean is Your Mouth: The Effects of Mouthwash on Bacteria;
Mackenzy Becker, Monte Vista Middle School in Monte Vista, grade 7 for the project Dirty Rotten Fountains;
Andrew Perry, Otis Jr/Sr High School in Otis, grade 8 for the project
Wyatt Vick, Genoa-Hugo School in Hugo, grade 6 for the project How to Make a Rheostat;
Aidan Mike, North Middle School in Colorado Springs, grade 7 for the project Nitinol (Memory Masters);
Ashley Snyder, Lincoln Elementary School in Lamar, grade 6 for the project A Comparison of Moisture Content of Three Apples; and
Josiah Higgins, Genoa-Hugo School in Hugo, grade 7 for the project To Fertilize of Not to Fertilize.
The winner of the CSEF Teacher of the Year Award was Dena Palser of Lone Star School in Otis. Ms. Palser received a $3,000 grant to use towards scientific research in her classroom and school.
See the complete list of CSEF Grand Award winners, Special Award winners, and Scholarship winners or print an official 2009 Press Release.