Congratulations to all the winners of the Science Challenge, which was held at the Orlando Science Center on March 10. Presented by Bright House Networks, the Science Challenge is intended to encourage excellence in science education plus provide an intermediate event between the County Science Fairs and the State Science Fair.

More than 100 students showcased over 90 projects. The participants are the first place winners in the physical science competitions for middle and high schools in County Science Fairs for the eight surrounding counties (Brevard, Lake, Marion, Orange, Osceola, Polk, Seminole and Volusia).

Alex Keeler, Best in Fair winner, was awarded $4,000 for his project. His teacher, Emily Keeler of South Sumter High School, earned the Teacher Award and $1,000 for their school. Category winners also received a cash prize.

The complete list of winners is included below:

Category Name School Title of Project
Jr Chem Karcher Kendall Delaura Middle
Plankton: How Ironic?
Sr Chem Albert Halbing Cocoa Beach Jr/Sr High A kinetic study of electrolysis: Half-cell reacton rates for discrete electrode materials and electrolytes Year 4
Jr Comp Sci Nikhil Patel Sanford Middle
Shrinc-it software heuristic to remove irrelevant and unnecessary content in text
Sr Comp Sci Daniel Hammack Jacksons Heights Middle
Focus on Wi-Fi Part 2
Jr Earth&Space Jonathan Sepulveda Sanford Middle
Trends in rainfall and temperature moving averages in central Florida may support the theory of global warming
Sr Earth&Space Cleo Koenig Heritage High
Geobot 3D: Improving the Functionality through Three-Dimensional Imaging for an Automated Geological Sample Identification
Jr Engineering Alexandra Daley Grace School Dung Deal: horsepower revisited
Sr Engineering Priya Sathyanarayan Spruce Creek High
Active damping of propellant slosh
Jr Environmental Sci Srimayi Tenali West Shore Jr/Sr High
The effects of plants on water purification
Sr Environmental Sci Zachary Loeb Eau Gallie High Preventing the reproductive failure of aquatic life from the global threat of nonylphenol contamination through catalytic waste water
Jr Math Hunter Dalton Stone Middle The design, construction and testing of a lego gearbox capable of predicting moon phases and tides
Sr Math Rashad Abdulla West Shore Jr/Sr High On the fine classification of periodic orbits of continuous endomorphisms the real line with application in chaos theory
Jr Physics & Astro David DeVore St Thomas Aquinas Catholic
Does a magnetic field affect how quickly a plant grows?
Sr Physics & Astro Sarah Van Sickle Satellite High Design and Analysis of a Fractal Antenna for Free OTA TV
Jr Team Bobby Burwell Rock Lake Middle
Data Transmission over a Laser Beam
Jr Team Sean Clarke Rock Lake Middle
Data Transmission over a Laser Beam
Sr Team Luke Evans Viera High
The effects of extracted phycocyanin from spirulina platensis on irradiated raphanus sativus
Sr Team John Evans Viera High
The effects of extracted phycocyanin from spirulina platensis on irradiated raphanus sativus
Best In Fair Alex Keeler South Sumter High
The Effect of Triflitoxin on the Elimination of Citrus Greening
Teacher Award Emily Keeler


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