Maranatha High School’s Science Fair

Team Behavioral Science: judge Chen Tiow, Joe Laski (2nd), Mr. Wurtz, Blair Feng and Lydia Dreyer (Honorable Mention), and judge John Hillard. Photo by Laurie Enloe

Upper Life Science: Sarah Dixit (1st), judge Chen Tiow, and Faculty Mr. Wurtz. Photo by Laurie Enloe

Maranatha High School’s future scientists recently had the chance to show their stuff at Maranatha’s 3rd annual Science Fair.

Finalists were selected by a panel of judges including Research Scientist John Hillard, Neurologist Dr. Charles Niesen, Osteopath Dr. Hoang Tran, Computer Research Specialist Chen Tiow, MD Candidate Leanna Wise, Mechanical Engineer Nick Wise, and Human Resource Manager Cindy Nam. After an initial review, the board finalists sat for oral interviews.

Daniel Minassian with his project on Data Track Spacing on CDs and DVDs
. Photo by Laurie Enloe

Best Use of Photography: Lance Lorca
Most Creative Science Fair Project: Amanda Jiang
Best Design: Keila Asaoka

The top project in each category was as follows:
Lower Life Science: Evelyn Thoen – The Effects of Freezing on Bean Seeds
Upper Life Science: Sarah Dixit – White Noise
Lower Physical Science: Ryan Cain – Viable Applications of Magnetic Levitation in our Future
Upper Physical Science: Daniel Minassian – Data Track Spacing on CDs and DVDs
Behavioral Science: Keila Asaoka – That Makes Cents
Team Behavioral Science: Emma Cate and Lydia Dreyer – Study Habits
Team Life Science: Michael Carter and Brett Richey – Procedural Memory of Ecuadorian Crabs
Team Lower Physical Sciences: Mary Zheng and Chloe Jia – The Current in Series and Parallel Circuit
Team Upper Physical Science: Jacky Vasantachat and Alyssa Wentzel – The Effect of Color on Heat Absorption

Michael Carter and Brett Richey with their project on Procedural Memory of Ecuadorian Crabs. Photo by Laurie Enloe

The Top Projects in the various categories will participate in the ACSI (Association of Christian Schools International) Science Fair held at Biola University on Friday, March 28, 2014. The Science Fair coordinators were science faculty Mr. Brian Wurtz and Dr. Allen Jang in his 30th year coordinating Science Fairs.

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Chloe Jia and Mary Zheng with their project on The Current in Series and Parallel Circuit. Photo by Laurie Enloe

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