March 20, 2018

2018 Fairfax County Regional Science and Engineering Fair

Congratulations to the SLHS Students who participated in the 63rd Annual Fairfax County Regional Science and Engineering Fair held March 17-19 at Robinson Secondary School. This Fair is a competition for students attending high schools in Fairfax County, VA.  Every year, the top projects selected by the judges at each school’s internal Science Fair move on to represent the school at this regional event.

This year, South Lakes had a very strong showing.  Seventeen out of the twenty projects representing the school got some sort of commendation ranging from Grand Prize Nominees to Honorary Mentions and recognitions from a variety of scientific organizations.

2018 Regional Science Fair South Lakes High School Projects Honored

Student(s) Project Title Award(s)
Adam Musmar, Sam Barbaro The effect of substance coatings on the amount of time it takes to melt the ice 3rd Place Earth &  Environmental Science

Federal Water Quality Association (FWQA)-1st (Team)–$100

Award, Luncheon Invitation, Ribbon & T-shirt

Benjamin Tignor The effects of varied concentrations of immobilized enzymes within sodium alginate beads on the rate of enzymatic activity Grand Prize Nomination

1st Place in Biomedical Engineering, invitation to compete at the VA State Fair

Patent and Trademark Office Society (PTO Society)-1st Place in ENBM Category–Certificate of Merit

 Mason Kasprowicz The Correlation Between Temperature of Extrusion and the Strength of PLA Objects Grand Prize Nomination

1st Place in Materials Science,invitation to compete at the VA State Fair

 Ghaaliyah Brown  The Effect of Nigella sativa on the Growth of E. coli K-12 2nd place Microbiology

American Society for Microbiology, Washington DC Branch (ASM)-2nd prize $25

Drug Enforcement Administration Special Testing and Research Laboratory–Invitation to Tour DEA Testing and Research Lab and Certificate of Merit

Virginia Dental Association (VDA)-HM–Certificate of Merit

 Ons Bouali  The Antibiotic Effects of Lemongrass Essential Oil and alpha/beta Citral on Bacteria (E. coli, S. epidermidis, A. veronii, and S. aurantiaca) Grand Prize Nomination

1st Place in Microbiology, invitation to compete at the VA State Fair

American Society for Microbiology, Washington DC Branch (ASM)-grand prize $120

Express Search-The Rodger H. Flagg Memorial Award–$150

Northern Virginia Dental Society (NVDS)-Grand Award–Excellence in Science Talent Plaque

Patent and Trademark Office Society (PTO Society)-1st Place in MCRO Category–Certificate of Merit

Virginia Dental Association (VDA)-Grand Award–$100 Cash Award and Certificate

 Catherine Lashley  The effect of the amount of laundry detergent on the percentage of stain removal 3rd Place Materials Science
 Ishi Bansal  The effect of different filtration membranes on the homeostasis of simulated blood in terms of salt, glucose, protein, and urea as measured with the salt, glucose, and protein test strips, respectively 2nd Place in Biomedical and Health

Commissioned Officer Association, U. S. Public Health Services, District of Columbia Branch-distinguished achievement certificate

 Urvi Dhala  The Effect of the Type of Protein on the Amount of Time Taken for the Protein to Denature. Honorable Mention Biochemistry
 Anika Kumar  Effect of Seed Extract, Immobilization Method & Adsorbent Material on Creation & Efficiency of Water Purifier 1st Place in Earth and Environmental Science, invitation to compete at the VA State Fair

American Water Works Association, Virginia Section (VA AWWA)-3rd place $50

 Ryan Gray  The Effect of Number of Focal Planes on Neural Net Classification Accuracy of Fossil Radiolaria, as Determined by Percentage Correctly Identified Grand Prize Nomination

1st Place in Robotics and Intelligent Machines, invitation to compete at the VA State Fair

American Society of Mechanical Engineers, DC Chapter (ASME) -Certificate of Merit

 Margarita Gamarnik  The Effect of Vegan Egg Replacers on the Density of Vanilla Cake 3rd place Chemistry
 Avi Holzman  The effect of different sugars on the time it takes for yeast to ferment 3rd place Biochemistry
 Swarna Shah  The Effect of Different Types of Preservatives on How Long Strawberries Stay Fresh Honorable Mention Biochemistry
 Catie George  The Effect of Amount of Copper (II) Sulfate on the Reaction Between Catalase and Hydrogen Peroxide Honorable Mention Biochemistry
 Filza Farhan, Keltoum Laghjibi The effect of different amounts of mints of the temperature of water 2nd Place in Chemistry
 Olivia Bond, Sophie Howard The Effect of Different Insulating Materials on Sound Absorption, Measured in Decibels American Industrial Hygiene Association, Potomac Section (AIHA) HM Certificate of Merit