Seven Kiwanis judges plowed through hundreds of entries and selected 43 winners in four hours at the Los Alamos Science Fair Saturday, Jan. 25, awarding $1,505 in prize money.
Roger Stutz, Science Fair Committee chairman for Kiwanis, said those who joined him in judging this year were Don Casperson, Kurt Deshayes, Fran Berting, Paul Cunningham, Dennis Gill and Robert Weldon.
Stutz said that he heard in the Judges’ Meeting that the trend in number of entries is still up. He agreed that it appears, in Science City, that the children continue to be bright, motivated, and interested in science competition—and he noted that last year, three of the winners in the Los Alamos Science Fair went on to the national competition, and all three placed among the winners there.
Stutz also commented that he noted an increase in the number of medical entries this year, and it was a medical entry (Devon Conradson’s work on searching for flaws in cancer’s defenses) rather than a physics entry that won the top Kiwanis prize (and a prize from local medical-entry judges as well).
Stutz said that, “Everything went well” during the judging.
He noted that—in addition to Conradson’s entry—two other entries drew special notice from Kiwanis judges. He said, “We particularly liked” Tazler Smith’s First-Place entry in the Junior Division, which dealt with arthritis and dietary changes. “He did a lot of work,” Stutz said. “He did a really nice job presenting it too.”
Stutz also mentioned Zoe Butler’s Second-Place performance in the Junior Division entry “To Stop or Not to Stop.” He said she collected data on driver responses to a certain stop sign in White Rock. She used eight categories ranging from completely running the stop sign to a dead stop. She also compared the responses of males and females, and the results for young people and older people.
The eight Kiwanis winners in the Senior Division:
- The Kiwanis judges chose Devon Conradson for First Prize in the Senior Division and awarded him $200 for his project entitled “Beyond DNA: Searching for Additional Flaws in Cancer’s Defenses.”
- The two Second-Place winners on the Kiwanis list for the Senior Division were Adrian Abeyta and three partners—Jovan Zhang, Sven Jandura, and William Sidley-Parker. Abeyta and the partnership were awarded $100 each in prize money. Abeyta’s topic was “Assisting the Disabled Using an Integrative Mechanical Orthosis System.” The partners’ project was entitled “Are You Smarter Than a Sentry Gun? An Investigation of Motion Tracking.”
- Kiwanis awarded Third-Place prizes to four students in the Senior Division, giving each of them $50. The Third-Place winners and their project titles were: Jacob Marks, “Viper: The Visual Interactive Programming Editor”; Connor Bailey, “Can a Computer System Be Constructed That Will Interpret, Analyze, Store and Understand English?”; Amanda Mercer, “Is It Real Wasabi?”; and Chloe Madsen-Keilers, “Chasing a Comet.”
- In addition, Kiwanis awarded one Team Prize in the Senior Division, giving the Coleman Kendrick Team $50 for the project “3D Hydrodynamic Simulation of Classical Nova Explosions.”
The 16 Kiwanis winners in the Junior Division:
- Tazler Smith, First Place, $75, for the project entitled “Arthritis and Dietary Changes”; and Paige Patterson, First Place, $75, for “Build Your Own Crystal Radio.”
- Zoe Butler, Second Place, $50, for “To Stop Or Not To Stop”; and Neha Sadasivan, Second Place, $50, for “Time Perception.”
- And 12 Third-Place winners, each of whom received $25—Ruby Selvage, “All Cracked Up: Addiction to Lip Balm”; Kevin Dors, “Man vs. Plant—Who Is Better at Stopping Erosion?”; Evan Shipley, “What Does It Take? Raising Blood Sugars”; Jordan Bailey, “Dichlorophenol and Its Link to Allergies”; Shawnee English, “Does Smell Affect Taste?”; Maya Rogers, “The Pursuit of Happiness”; Priyanka Velappan, “Reap the Wild Wind”; Elijah Pelofske, “Capacitors and Electrolytes”; Katie Hermann, “Bouncing Batteries”; Zachary Brown, “Particle Or Wave?”; Ben Moulton, “Splash! Studying the Efficiency of Water Wheels with Different Angles”; and Victor Popa-Simil, “Enhancement of the Biking Method.”
The 19 Kiwanis winners in the Elementary Division:
- Marcus Sintay, First Place, $50, for the project entitled, “The Wing Thing.”
- Ursula Coe, Second Place, $25, for “Who Is Right? Wright Or Modern Architects?”; and Konstantin Nelson, Second Place, $25, for “Explaining Hooke’s Law.”
- And 12 Third-Place winners, each of whom received $10—Travis Anderson, for “How Does a Drain Pipe Affect a Water Tornado?”; Christopher Garcia, “Bacteria!”; Victoria Nisoli, “Are You Right- or Left-Sided?”; Anna Luisa Batista, “Comparing the Way that Currents Act to the Way Magnets Act”; Talulah Bjarke, “Every Breath You Take”; Karin Ebey, “What Type of Sand Cleans Water Best?”; Zelia Gourdon, “What Are the Parameters Influencing the Hydroelectric Power?”; Caleb Key, “Is My BB Gun Dangerous?”; Hayden Meadows, “Why Freeze a Puck?”; Kara Moss, “Conducting Electricity”; Kent Teshima, “Low Self-Discharging Batteries”; and Aaron Wall, “Does the Daniell Cell Convert Chemical Energy into Voltage?”
- In addition, the Kiwanis judges awarded $25 to a team from Mrs. Hawkins’ class for the project entitled “Infusions,” and they awarded $20 each to the teams of Mrs. Jacobson, Mrs. Lee, and Mrs. Littleton-and-Mrs. Sims for projects entitled, respectively, “Red or Blue?” “Can Color Fool Your Taste Buds?” and “Melt Me!”