Science Competition

March 21, 2015 - Middle and High School Students

Presented by Bright House Networks, the Science Challenge encourages excellence in science education and provides an intermediate event between the County Science Fairs and the State Science Fair. It operates under the International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) rules. Participants are the first place winners in the physical science competitions in county Science Fairs in the eight surrounding counties (Brevard [Intercoastal, Mainland, South], Lake, Marion, Orange, Osceola, Polk, Seminole, and Volusia).

In January, Fair Directors will be sent invitation packets that they can present to the category winners at their respective award ceremonies. The packets will include the necessary paperwork for the students to enter the Orlando Science Center Science Challenge.

 

Science Challenge 2015 Information

Registration Deadline: March 3, 2015
Set-up: March 20, 2015
Judging and Awards Ceremony: March 21, 2015

Please download and return the completed form:
Science Challenge Application

Important: Once you have received a confirmation email, your project is registered. If you have not received a confirmation email by Thursday, March 5, please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 407.514.2112.

 


 

Best in Fair – Physical Science Award


The Science Center Sponsors an award of "Best in Fair - Physical Sciences” in the Science and Engineering Fairs for the eight surrounding counties (Brevard, Lake, Marion, Orange, Osceola, Polk, Seminole and Volusia). The categories included are: Chemistry, Computer Science, Earth & Planetary Science, Engineering, Mathematical Sciences, and Physics and Astronomy.

This award for both juniors and seniors (two awards) is an annual family membership to the Science Center. It is the best Junior and Senior project in the Orlando Science Center Science Challenge categories, to be judged by each Fair's judges under standard ISEF rules and criteria. The award is to be given out at the awards ceremony by each Fair Director.

We will send you a packet to hand out, which the winner’s can then redeem at the Orlando Science Center for the annual Family Membership. The Membership will run one year from the time of redeeming it. Each Fair Director is responsible for judging and presentation of awards. The Science Center is not available to send judges or participate in the the award ceremony – only acknowledgement of Orlando Science Center during the ceremony is desired.

 

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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On Saturday, March 10, the Orlando Science Center hosted the 14th annual Science Challenge. 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. 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).

More than 100 competitors showcased over 90 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 Science, Engineering, Environmental Science, Mathematical Sciences and Physics.

The Science Center organizes this event every year to provide bright young minds with an opportunity to better prepare themselves 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.


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The Science Challenge, which is being held on March 13, 2010, is a large Science Competition held between Middle and High School students from Brevard, Lake, Marion, Orange, Osceola, Seminole, Sumter, and Volusia counties. The fair is an intermediate event held between the County Science Fairs and the State Science Fair. Participants previously won 1st place in the physical science competition held in their respective county’s Science Fair. There will be 121 students competing, presenting 105 total projects (56 from the Junior Division, 49 from the Senior Division). Brevard county leads with 50 students participating, the most out of any other county. Below is the breakdown of participants from each county:

·    Brevard County – 50 participants
·    Seminole County – 21 participants
·    Volusia County – 12 participants
·    Orange County – 9 participants
·    Lake County – 9 participants
·    Marion County – 8 participants
·    Osceola County – 6 participants
·    Sumter County – 6 participants

We here at the Science Center would like to praise and congratulate all participants and soon-to-be winners of the 2010 Science Challenge! All your hard work that is represented here will pave the way for the future of science and technology. Be proud of your great accomplishment!
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