More than forty Colorado Springs area middle and high school students competed at the Colorado Science and Engineering Fair last weekend at Colorado State University in Fort Collins earning numerous awards and accolades. The students earned the right to participate at the state level after being selected for outstanding work at the Pikes Peak Regional Science Fair at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs in March.
“We are so proud of all of the Pikes Peak students and how well they did at state,“ said Georgia Matteson, director of PPRSF. She explained that through the regional fair and the teachers that help students prepare for the fair, area students learn the scientific method and a host of other skills. “Typically, about ninety percent of the students we select from the PPRSF win awards at both the state and international levels,” said Matteson. She said this indicates the area students are very well prepared.
Two Colorado Springs schools in particular were remarkably well-represented at the statewide competition of about 280 students from 13 different regional fairs. North Middle School in District 11 had 17 and The Classical Academy (TCA) in District twenty had 13 young scientists who attained the state qualification. “Most of these students earned stage recognition at state with some sort of award and they all got invaluable experience from the event,” said Mr. Greg Busby, science teacher at North who encourages many students to give science fair a try.
“It’s a great way for the kids to learn the scientific method and presenting skills while getting the freedom to have a choice in their topic of learning,” said Candus Muir, 7th grade science teacher and science fair coordinator at TCA.
Pikes Peak area students and their projects which earned Grand Awards at state included: Senior Division Best Team Project, First Place, Tonya Pavlenko & Laura Gudvangen 11th grade, Palmer High School, Internal Combat With Melanoma: Triggering an Immune Response Through the Up-Regulation of FAS Using Toll Ligand Combination Treatments; Second Place Lorne Muir II & Nathan Weeks 10th grade, The Classical Academy, Analyzing the Separate Toxicity of Engineered Nanoparticles on L1210 Cells; Junior Division Behavioral & Social Sciences, Second Place, Aleesa Muir 6th grade, The Classical Academy, Developing an Awareness of Pet Stewardship; Honorable Mention, Marika Schubert 8th grade, Russell Middle School, The Power of Suggestion; Honorable Mention, Sophie Foster, 6th grade, North Middle School, Color Confusions; Category Team Award, Levi Schofield & Luke Dekker, 8th grade, Evangelical Christian Academy, DWD (Driving While Distracted); Junior Division Chemistry, Honorable Mention, Lauren Wilson, 7th grade, The Classical Academy
Blaze vs. Baking Soda; Junior Division Earth & Space Sciences, First Place
Sophia Schneider, 8th grade, North Middle School Reducing Global Warming? The Effect of Microorganisms on Geologic Sequestration; Senior Division Earth & Space Sciences, Honorable Mention, Christopher Krause 12th grade, The Classical Academy
Microclimates under the Microscope; Senior Division Energy & Transportation
First Place, Sara Volz 9th grade, Cheyenne Mountain High School, Enhancing Algae Biofuels:The Effects of Nitrogen Limitation and CO2 Infusion on the Oil Yields of
Nannochloropsis oculata; Junior Division Environmental Sciences, Honorable Mention, Dante Carter 8th grade, North Middle School, Do Natural Remedies Work For Stream Pollution?; Senior Division Math & Computer Sciences
First Place, John Parish IV 11th grade, Home schooled, Closer to Where It Wasn't: Estimation and Tracking Using Adaptive Filtering; Junior Division Medicine & Health
First Place, Abigail Negley 8th grade, North Middle School, The Effect of Pain Killers on the Healing Process of Planaria; Second Place Sydney Matteson 7th grade, North Middle School, Planaria Grow: Fast or Slow? The Effects of Healing Remedies on the Regeneration of Planaria; Honorable Mention Megan Percy 7th grade, The Classical Academy, The Best Thing Since Fresh Fruit; Senior Division Medicine & Health
Third Place Rahul Shankar 10th grade, Rampart High School, Proteomic Method Development for the Analysis of Tissue Transglutaminases Role in Cancer Progression
Colorado Springs; Category Team Award Tonya Pavlenko & Laura Gudvangen 11th grade, Palmer High School ,Internal Combat With Melanoma: Triggering an Immune Response Through the Up-Regulation of FAS Using Toll Ligand Combination Treatments
Category Team Award, Lorne Muir II & Nathan Weeks 10th grade, The Classical Academy, Analyzing the Separate Toxicity of Engineered Nanoparticles on L1210 Cells; Junior Division Microbiology First Place Chelsea Smith 7th grade, The Classical Academy Ewww! What's on My Shoe?; Second Place Marcus Witzel 7th grade, The Classical Academy Monumental Mold; Junior Division Physics Second Place
Emma Frantz 7th grade, North Middle School, The Effects of Magnetic Levitation on Friction Force; Third Place Aidan Mike 8th grade, North Middle School What's the Point? A Ballistic Analysis of Arrowheads; Honorable Mention Alina Lugo 8th grade,
North Middle School Senior Division Physics First Place Ethan Hahn 12th grade,
The Classical Academy, Nuclear Fusion By Inertial Electrostatic Confinement: Increasing Efficiency With Thermionic Emission; Junior Division Plant Sciences
First Place Haley Matteson 8th grade, North Middle School Sick Plants, Well Plants: Using Plants as Biological Indicators of Pharmaceutical Pollution