Seventh grade student, Aidan Byrnes, received the Fourth Place Medal for the state of California in the category of Applied Mechanics and Structures for his project, Avian Dangers: Developing Devices for the Prevention of Bird Strike. Aidan explored his own innovative methods for preventing or minimizing damage caused by bird strike. Eighth grade student, Corey Telfer, earned the Fourth Place Medal for the state of California in the category of Environmental Science. Corey’s project was titled: Investigating Water Quality at Cardiff Beach. Corey analyzed water samples at Cardiff Beach for levels of nutrients and bacteria. He discovered unacceptably high phosphate and nitrate levels in the water samples near the lagoon effluent which could contribute significantly to harmful algal blooms. Alexandra Orczyk and Caroline Zdanowski received Honorable Mention Awards in the category of Zoology. Alexandra evaluated 20 years of data and her own field test results to look for correlations of water temperature or human intrusion to plummeting sea star populations at Cabrillo Monument. Caroline spent numerous hours in the field documenting specific plant species vital to the habitat of the endangered California Gnatcatcher.
Congratulations to all twelve State Science Fair participants! The talents and achievements of these exceptional students are truly inspiring!