The 55th Colorado Science and Engineering Fair was held at Lory Student Center on the Colorado State University campus on April 8-10, 2010.
This year, CSEF winners were chosen from among 277 projects represented by 305 finalists from 102 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 seven $1,000 renewable 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 2010 Colorado Science and Engineering Fair had 25 sponsors. Sponsors included 13 Platinum Sponsors (providing over $2,500 of support), 3 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, Dr. Martin Lockley, a Professor of Geology from the University of Denver and Director of the Dinosaur Tracks Museum.
Martin Lockley received his BSc in Geology from Queens University in Northern Ireland and his PhD from Birmingham University in England. The museum Dr. Lockley is Director of has a collection which is arguably the world’s largest and best documented and consists of more than 2,400 tracks (originals and replicas) of all ages (from Carboniferous to Recent), a large number of which have been illustrated in several hundred scientific publications. The collection includes more than 75 type specimens of ceratopsian and champsosaur tracks (Ceratopsipes and Champsosaurichnus from Golden, CO), Stegasour tracks (Stegopodus from eastern Utah), the first described Tyrannosaurus track (Tyannosauripus from New Mexico), the first large two toed raptor tracks (Dromaeopdus from China), a large number of bird and pterosaur tracks new to science and the ancient human track Hominipes.
Dr. Martin’s talk was entitled “Tracking Dinosaurs Around the World.” Dinosaur tracks are the nearest thing we have to movies of dinosaurs – capturing the behavior of the living track maker in its dynamic day to day life. Once considered a specialized science, tracking (known as ichnology) is now a major branch of paleontology that has gained international attention. In the last 25 years, a renaissance in the field has led to numerous discoveries of tracks of all types of dinosaurs in North America, Europe, Asia and other continents. Martin Lockley has been active in finding and researching fossil footprints in Colorado, Utah, Mexico, Nicaragua, Bolivia, Wales, Spain, Portugal, China, Korea and Japan.
2010 COLORADO SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING FAIR TOP AWARDS
The top Senior Division individual project exhibitor of the 55th Colorado Science and Engineering Fair and winner of an all-expense paid trip to compete in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair was Nikki Buhrdorf, Hotchkiss High School in Hotchkiss, grade 10, for the project Aspen in a State of SADness: A Statistical Analysis of the Decline of Populus tremuloides. Second place for best individual project, and also a winner of an all-expense paid trip to compete at the Intel ISEF was Ben Armstrong, Monte Vista High School in Monte Vista, grade 12, for the project The Uptake of Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals. Awarded third place for best individual project and winner of an all-expense paid trip to observe at the Intel ISEF was Radhika Rawat, Fairview High School in Boulder, grade 12, for the project Pre-Initiation Complexes of SREBP-1a and -2. The first place Senior Division team project and winner of an all-expense paid trip to compete in the Intel ISEF was Tonya Pavlenko & Laura Gudvangen, Palmer High School in Colorado Springs, grade 11, for the project Internal Combat with Melanoma: Triggering an Immune Response Through the Up-Regulation of FAS Using Toll Ligand Combination Treatments.
The winner of the Ralph F. Desch Memorial Technical Writing Award was Harraz MohdReza from Union Colony Preparatory School in Greeley, grade 11, for the project Immunocytochemical Characterization of Mouse Brain Explants in an In Vitro Model of Schizophrenia.
The winner of the Senior Division Student Choice Award was Erik Schnaderbeck, Sargent Jr/Sr High School in Monte Vista, grade 11, for the project Identifying Individual Rainbow Trout Utilizing Distinct Spot Orientation. The Junior Division Student Choice winner was Ty Gardner & Blaine Gahill, West Middle School in Grand Junction, grade 7, for the project Shaping the Bird Brain.
The winner of the Poster Art Contest was Branislava Blagojevic, Canon City High School in Canon City.
The winners of the Pioneers of Science Awards were:
Sidney Stegman, Lincoln Elementary School in Lamar, grade 6, for the project Mystery Spin;
Anabel Henriquez , Cesar Chavez Academy in Pueblo, grade 7, for the project At What Temperature Do Dogs Prefer Their Food?;
Dakota Harris, Wiggins Middle School in Wiggins, grade 7, for the project Magical Mathematical Juice;
Ryan Rohn, Wiggins Middle School in Wiggins, grade 6, for the project Get Wet and Wrinkly;
Kayla Snyder, Falcon Middle School in Falcon, grade 6, for the project Ice Is Nice;
Rene Carter, North Middle School in Colorado Springs, grade 6, for the project Dandelion Root and Peppermint Leaf vs. Penicillin;
Anne Mummery, Miller Middle School in Durango, grade 6, for the project Don't Eat the Yellow Snow;
Rex Stowers, St. Columba Catholic School in Durango, grade 7, for the project Phytoremediation: Can Plants Clean Soil?;
Chad Haunschild, Mountain View Core Knowledge School in Canon City, grade 6, for the project Exercises: Can the Eyes Learn?;
Kaylie Thompson, Sargent Jr/Sr High School in Monte Vista, grade 7, for the project What's in Your Water?;
Kohler McInnis, St. Columba Catholic School in Durango, grade 7, for the project Maglev Trains: Are They Cool or Are They Hot? A Study of the Effect of Temperature on Maglev Trains;
Madison Thompson, Otis Jr/Sr High School in Otis, grade 6, for the project Can You STAND This???;
Nathan Witt, Flagler Middle School in Flagler, grade 7, for the project Riprap Gives Erosion a Nap;
Bryce Ward, Miller Middle School in Durango, grade 6, for the project O Pollution, Pollution! Wherefore Art Thou Pollution?;
Schuyler Adkins & Gabrielle Potter, Goodnight Elementary School in Pueblo, grade 8, for the project T.G.I.F.;
Morgan Felix, Olathe Middle School in Olathe, grade 7, for the project Magnobile.
The winner of the CSEF Teacher of the Year Award was James DePue of Wray High School in Wray. Mr. DePue received a $3,000 grant to use towards scientific research in his classroom and school.
See the complete list of CSEF Grand Award winners, Special Award winners, and Scholarship winners or print an official 2010 Press Release.