Orlando Science Center hosted the 17th annual Science Challenge on Saturday, March 21. Presented by Orlando Science Center and Bright House Networks, the Science Challenge encourages excellence in science education plus provides an intermediate event between the county science fairs and the state science fair. It operates under the International Science and Engineering Fair rules. Participants are the first place winners in all science categories for middle and high schools in county science fairs for the nine surrounding counties (Brevard, Lake, Marion, Orange, Osceola, Polk, Seminole, Sumter and Volusia).
More than 100 competitors showcased projects and sharpened their presentation skills before a panel of judges that included current and retired engineers, educators and scientists. Competition categories included Chemistry; Computer Science; Earth and Space; Engineering; Environmental Science; Mathematics; and Physics.
The Science Center organizes this event every year to provide bright young minds with an opportunity to better prepare them for the state science fair. This event also offers the public a chance to view this area’s most innovative science projects from our community’s budding scientists. The Science Challenge takes place on multiple floors of the Science Center.
Junior Division, Chemistry Emily Ortiz Brevard County, Hoover Middle School Producing Hydrogen Biofuel from the Microalgae Chlomydomonasis reinhadtii through the Process of Photosynthesis
Junior Division, Computer Science Deegan Tarrillo Brevard County, DeLaura Middle School Communication Protocol: Self-Driving Vehicles at Intersections
Junior Division, Earth & Space Science Kenneth West Brevard County, Hoover Middle School Improving Floating Foundations
Junior Division, Engineering Logan Bolick Brevard County, Stone Middle School The Development and Testing of an Automatic Wildlife Detector
Junior Division, Environmental Science Kyle Bramblett Brevard County, Sculptor Charter School Do Ribbed Mussels and Eastern Oysters Naturally Improve River Water Quality?
Junior Division, Mathematics Jenna Blanchard Seminole County, Sanford Middle School Math, Music Connections
Junior Division, Physics Robert Junkins Volusia County, Southwestern Middle School Theoretical Fusion
Senior Division, Chemistry Srimayi Tenali Brevard County, West Shore Jr/Sr High School UV Assisted Photocatalytic Water Treatment using Nanstructured Metal Oxide Semiconductors
Senior Division, Computer Science Sapna Patel Seminole County, Oviedo High School Wubee: An Autism Destroying Avatar
Senior Division, Earth & Space Science Nirja Shah Orange County, Lake Highland Preparatory School Particle Size of Saturn’s Rings
Senior Division, Engineering Andrew Noonan Polk County, Bartow High School IB A Novel Approach to 3D Printing
Senior Division, Environmental Science Alexandra Gabrielski Brevard County, Viera High School Algae… The Greener Fuel, Year 4
Senior Division, Mathematics Muhammad Abdulla Brevard County, West Shore Jr/Sr High School Deterministic and Stochastic Analysis in Biomedical Engineering: Chaotic Dynamics vs. Brownian Motion
Senior Division, Physics Sandeep Baskar Orange County, Lake Highland Preparatory School Developing an Amplified Spontaneous Emission Source at 2-micron for Atmospheric Propagation
Best in Fair Danielle Farinella Brevard County, Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy Using Sugar Polymers for Plastic Alternatives
Teacher Award Jessica Kelce Brevard County, Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy