Students from the Challenge School, Liberty Middle School and Cherry Creek High School won a total of 42 awards at the 2018 Colorado Science and Engineering Fair (CSEF), held April 5-7 at Colorado State University in Fort Collins.
More than 300 students in grades six through 12 from all over the state participated. The students first had to qualify at a regional science fair in order to present their projects at the CSEF to judges who represent a wide variety of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) organizations.
Edward Bodoni, a junior at Cherry Creek High School, earned second place in the Senior Division with his project titled Bruxism: A Novel Diagnostic Approach. As one of the top five finalists in the Senior Division, Bodoni is eligible to attend the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, May 13-18, in Pittsburgh, Penn.
Twelve Challenge School students qualified for the CSEF this year and every single one received some type of recognition for their work. Challenge School science teacher John Wiley says that accomplishment is a testament to the students’ dedication and perseverance.
“They showed strong scientific inquiry skills, persistence in research and testing and attention to thought and detail in their writing,” Wiley said. “Regardless of the outcome, we couldn’t be more proud of their effort and learning over the last several months.”
Congratulations to all of the CSEF award winners from Cherry Creek Schools:
Liberty Middle School
- Morgan Cragin, Starring Material, American Institute of Aeronautics & Astronautics Prize
- Mathew Anderson, Redesigning Ventilation to Minimize Airborne Pathogen Transmission in Multiple-Bed Hospital Wards, 1st place, Junior Division Physics, Technical Writing Award, Industrial Hygiene Special Award
- Ethan Chapman, NASA HUNCH: ISS Location App, Honorable Mention, Junior Division Math and Computer Sciences, Lockheed Martin Special Award, Vaugn Web Works Special Award
- Chris Custer, Roots of Steel: Nutrient Absorption in Soil vs. Hydroponic Plants, Honorable Mention, Junior Division Plant Sciences
- Sirinya Frankel, The Effect of Impermeable Surfaces on Soil Biodiversity, 3rd place, Junior Division Environmental Sciences
- Georgia Hartley, Mind the Gape: The Effect of Tension on the Gaping of Sutures, 2nd place, Junior Division Medicine and Health, Pioneers of Science Special Award
- Elizabeth Koenck and Aveline Hwang, 2+8≠10, Honorable Mention, Junior Division Behavior and Social Sciences
- Arushi Munjal, How Changes in Temperature Affect D. Melagonaster’s Reproduction, Survival and Life Cycle, SACNAS CSU Chapter Special Award
- Negha Senthuramalingam, How Do Others Expressing Emotions Affect How You Feel?, Honorable Mention, Junior Division Behavior and Social Sciences
- Shreyas Sriram, Using Artificial Intelligence and Raspberry Pi to Monitor and Conserve Household Water Usage, 3rd place, Junior Division Math and Computer Sciences
- Esha Sury, Synergizing Antibiotics with Phage K and Prophylactic Nanosilver: Manipulating Resistance, 2nd place, Junior Division Microbiology, Colorado Biology Teachers’ Association Special Award
- Neil Sury, Enhancing Gecko Adhesive Technology Using Micro Filter Nano Moulding and Carbon Nano-tubes, 2nd place, Junior Division Engineering, National Defense Industrial Association Special Award
Cherry Creek High School
- Edwin Bodoni, Bruxism: A Novel Diagnostic Approach, 2nd place, Senior Division; 1st place, Senior Division Medicine and Health; Colorado Dental Association Excellence in Oral Health Award
- Edwin Bodoni and Nicole Hankovsky, Novel Strategies for Detecting and Treating Podocyte Injury in Diabetic Nephropathy, Honorable Mention, Senior Division Microbiology and Molecular Biology
- Aylin Kahraman, The Impact of Education on Student Athletes Regarding Concussions, 1st place, Senior Division Behavioral and Social Sciences
- Natalie Keller & Melanie Gong, The Reduction of Perchlorate in Mars Regolith Using Hydrogen Gas to Produce Chloride and Water, 4th place, Senior Division Earth and Space Sciences
- Krithik Ramesh, Suppression of Aeroelastic Instabilities in HR Wing Structures Using Principal Component Analysis, 2nd place, Senior Division Engineering; American Institute of Aeronautics & Astronautics Prize; Gerald Gromko Memorial Award; Lockheed Martin Award
- Austen Mazenko, Characterization of Certain Non-Homogeneous Meta-Fibonacci Sequences, 1st place, Senior Division Mathematics & Computer Sciences
- Siddarth Ijju, Autonomous Anomaly Detection and Classification Using Neural Networks, 2nd place, Senior Division Mathematics & Computer Sciences; Air Force ROTC Award
- Isani Singh, Investigating the Developmental Requirements of Sex Chromosome Genes Affected in Turner Syndrome, 2nd place, Senior Division Medicine and Health; Bio GENEius Challenge Award
- Andrew Tokar and Maya Hegde, Assessing the Viability of Household Food Scraps as an Alternative to Traditional Fertilizer, Excellence in Horticulture Award
- Sarah Bian, CO2 Sequestration by Mineral Carbonation in Ambient Air: Wollastonite Ratio, Excellence in Mineral Science & Engineering Award