Fairmont Private Schools’ Historic Anaheim Campus earned the Top School Award at this year’s Orange County Science & Engineering Fair (OCSEF) held at the OC Fair & Event Center on April 11-17, 2016. Six Historic Anaheim students were invited to compete at the California State Science Fair (CSSF) in May.  They will be joined there by one student from the North Tustin Campus and three students from the Fairmont Anaheim Hills Campus.

Junior high students from all three Fairmont campuses took home a total of twenty-two awards at the OCSEF, including five 1st place wins and six Broadcom Masters Awards. Winning science fair projects included the testing of different wavelengths of light on the heart rate of daphnia, producing Usable Biodiesel from Algae, Duckweed or Fryer Oil and testing the most usable Biodiesel, chemical testing of aloe vera and caffeine on the regeneration of planaria, among others.

Seven Fairmont students received specialty awards, including the American Chemical Society Award and the American Association for Clinical Chemistry Southern California Award (Miranda Nicusanti, 8th grade), the Raytheon Award and the American Institute of Aeronautics & Astronautics Award (Duke Pham-Change, 7th grade), Raytheon Asian Pacific Association (Ethan Zuo, 6th grade), CH2M Hill Award (Sofia Riazi, 7th grade), Society for Advancement of Engineering Award and the Harald Biessmann Award (Meagan Lee, 8th grade), National Water Research Institute and the Society of Women Engineers (Sasha Ronaghi, 8th grade).

All ten 1st and 2nd place winners from Fairmont Private Schools will continue on to compete alongside other junior high students at the 64th annual California State Science Fair (CSSF) on May 23-24, 2016. The event will be held at the California Science Center in Los Angeles and the CCSF estimates that over 940 students will compete for awards totaling over $50,000.

Fairmont students going to the 2016 California State Science Fair include:
Jacob Gibbs, Fairmont Historic Anaheim, 8th grade
Jian Park, Fairmont Historic Anaheim, 7th grade
Jennifer Cresap, Fairmont Historic Anaheim, 7th grade
Henry He, Fairmont Historic Anaheim, 8th grade
Meagan Lee, Fairmont Historic Anaheim, 8th grade
Olivia Bobrownicki, Fairmont Historic Anaheim, 8th grade
Harsha Thangavijayan, Fairmont Anaheim Hills, 8th grade
Melina Ghodsi, Fairmont Anaheim Hills, 7th grade
Noah Chak, Fairmont Anaheim Hills, 8th grade
Nadia Ansari, Fairmont North Tustin, 6th grade

The mission of OCSEF is “To enable students to improve their science and engineering skills and literacy while inspiring them to consider careers in STEM fields. We are committed to challenging students to inquire, design, investigate, and present scientific and engineering concepts through hands-on experimentation.”

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