Fairfax County Public Schools hosted their 64th annual Regional Science and Engineering Fair on Saturday, March 16, 2019.  The fair is comprised of winning science and engineering projects from high school students representing private and public schools in Fairfax County.

SLHS sent 22 students to compete and 22 SLHS students received recognition at the 2019 Regional Science Fair. “This is an all time high achieving group of projects” said Dr. Pepper D. Buckley, organizer and judge coordinator of our school’s fair. Nearly 400 science fair projects in a wide variety of categories ranging from plant sciences to physics and astronomy took part in the event. Professionals from local government agencies and private organizations possessing extensive academic or professional experience in their selected categories participated as judges.

First Place winners have the option to go on to compete in the Virginia State Science Fair to be held in Roanoke, hosted by Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine.

Our heart felt congratulations to South Lakes’s young scientists.

Grand Prize Nominees and First Place winners in Materials Science, Ryan Ferzoco and Spencer Harris, for: “The effect of microgravity on self-healing concrete”. Proud dads are also pictured.
Ryan Gray, First Place Robotics & Intelligent Machines for: “The effect of dataset size on the accuracy of semantic segmentation performed by a generative adversarial network”.

Category Results

 

Grand Prize Alternates

Robotics and Intelligent Machines

Ryan Gray for:  “The effect of dataset size on the accuracy of semantic segmentation performed by a generative adversarial network”.

 

Grand Prize Nominee

Materials Science

Ryan Ferzoco, Spencer Harris for: “The effect of microgravity on self-healing concrete”.

 

First Place

Animal Sciences

Emilia Cayelli for: “The effect that different sedatives and stimulants have on an ant’s time going through a maze”.

 

First Place

Engineering Mechanics

Sarah Bradshaw for: “The effect of house supports on the ability to withstand flooding”.

 

First Place

Materials Science

Ryan Ferzoco, Spencer Harris for: “The effect of microgravity on self-healing concrete”.

 

First Place

Mathematics

Shannon Gallagher for: “The effect of shuffling on the card count of a deck of cards”.

 

First Place

Robotics & Intelligent Machines

Ryan Gray for:  “The effect of dataset size on the accuracy of semantic segmentation performed by a generative adversarial network”.

 

Second Place

Materials Science

Sarah Burgum, Emma Lynch for: “The relationship between types of material used in sports helmets and the force levels to the head on impacts”.

 

Second Place

Physics & Astronomy

Kaia Goodiel, Molly Shapiro for: “The effects of types of strings in a lacrosse head on the speed of the shot”.

 

Third Place

Arion Mitchell The Effect of an Iodine Solution Mixed into Water on the Percentage of White Light Absorbed or Reflected
Rachel Butlin The Effect of Different Temperatures on the Chemical Reaction of Catalase in Hydrogen Peroxide
Sattviki Chintaluri, Shreya Tangirala The Effect of Different Liquids on the Corrosion of Iron
Ryan LeVault The Effect of Surface Area of Drum Head on Pitch Produced
Ethan Boswell The effect of air foils on the amount of lift exerted
Justin Burke The Effect of Drone Propeller Material and Blade Quantity on Drone Performance
The Effect of Roofing Material on the Temperature Inside the House Jacob Loveranes
Sri Kapa The effect of the type of foam on the height of bounce of the ball
Krishan Shah, Parker Knowlton, Christopher Zhong The Effect of the Number of Heatpipes in the Cooler of a Desktop Computer on a CPU’s Average Operational Temperature
Ons Bouali An Investigation of the Antibiotic Potential of alpha/beta Citral, Chamomile Essential Oil, and alpha-Bisabolol
Caitlyn Morris, Emma Grossback The Effect of Urea Concentration on Vibrio fischeri Luminance

 

Honorable Mention

Noah Davidson, Colin McQuarrie The effect of antenna gain on received signal strength
Riya Pradhan The effect of image size (in pixels) on the training accuracy of neural networks for image classification

 

Corporate and Professional Organization Awards

 

American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)

Ethan Boswell (3rd place) Won an invitation to a 3-day Mission Lifecycle Event at Goddard Center for his project: “The effect of air foils on the amount of lift exerted”.

 

American Society for Microbiology, Wash. DC Branch (ASM)

Ons Bouali (1st place) Won $75.00 cash for the project entitled: “An investigation of the Antibiotic potential of alpha/beta citral, chamomile essential oil, and alpha-bisabolol”.

Caitlyn Morris, Emma Grossback (2nd place) Won $30.00 cash for their project: “The effect of urea concentration on vibrio fischeri luminance”.

 

Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association, Northern VA Chapter (AFCEA)

Noah Davidson, Colin McQuarrie (2nd place) Won $400.00 cash and an invitation to the AFCEA Banquet Meeting for their project: “The effect of antenna gain on received signal strength”.

 

COX Communications

Noah Davidson, Colin McQuarrie (2nd place) Won $200.00 VISA gift card and Certificate of Merit for their project: “The effect of antenna gain on received signal strength”.

 

Fairfax County NAACP ACT-SO (ACT-SO)

Shannon Gallagher (1st place – Mathematics) Won $25.00 gift card and Certificate of Excellence for the project: “The effect of shuffling on the card count of a deck of cards”.

 

Geological Society of Washington (GSW)

Max Levy, Gabriel Levy (Honorable mention) Certificate of Merit for the project: “The effect of meteorite mass on crater diameter”.

 

Northern Virginia Dental Society (NVDS)

Ryan Gray (Honorable Mention) Certificate of Merit for the project: “The effect of dataset size on the accuracy of semantic segmentation performed by a generative adversarial network”.

 

Patent and Trademark Office Society (PTO Society)

Ons Bouali (1st place) Certificate of Merit for the project entitled: “An investigation of the Antibiotic potential of alpha/beta citral, chamomile essential oil, and alpha-bisabolol”.

 

Virginia Lakes Watersheds Association (VLWA)

Sarah Bradshaw (Junior) Won a $50.00 Target gift card for her project: “The effect of house supports on the ability to withstand flooding”.