The California State Science Fair was held April 15-16 at the California Science Center in Los Angeles, with young scientists from around the state showcasing their experiments and breakthroughs in the various scientific fields.
Four students from Scotts Valley and the San Lorenzo Valley were recognized during the two-day competition.
- San Lorenzo Valley High School sophomores Natalie Gallagher and Connor Lydon’s project, “Secrets of San Lorenzo Valley’s Atmosphere,” garnered first-place honors in the senior Earth and Planetary Sciences category. The project, in which the pair — advised by their teacher Jane Orbuch — monitored air currents in the San Lorenzo Valley using weather balloons and radiosonde equipment, earned them each a medallion and a share of a $500 prize.
- Audrey Q. Webb, a Scotts Valley resident and sixth-grade student at Spring Hill Advanced Elementary School in Santa Cruz, took home first prize honors in the junior Pharmacology/ Toxicology category for her project “GMO: Food or Foe? The Effects of GMO vs. Organic Papaya Diet on the Longevity and Fertility of the Fruit Fly.” Advised by her teacher, Jenny Jaeger, Webb took home a $500 prize and a medallion.
- Devin Derecho, a seventh-grade student at Scotts Valley Middle School, received honorable mention for his project, entitled “STOP,” wherein he attempted to determine if drivers are more likely to come to complete stops at a stop sign when they know that someone is watching them. Advised by Sally Ghilarducci, Derecho was recognized in the junior Behavioral and Social Sciences category. Emma Shaefer-Whittall and Rishi Chandiramani also competed in the fair from SVMS.
For more information: http://science.santacruz.k12.ca.us