2013 Central Sound Regional Science & Engineering Fair
The 4th annual Central Sound Regional Science & Engineering Fair for high school students in King and Snohomish Counties was held on Saturday, March 9, 2013 in the Bellevue College gymnasium. It was the fair’s biggest year to date with 141 students competing from 14 schools in the region (almost triple the participation in 2012)!
Isaac Harper, a freshman at Cedarcrest High School in Duvall, was named the 2013 CSRSEF Grand Champion for his project entitled, “Enhancing Maturation of Human Induced Pluripotent Stem Cell-derived Cardiomyocytes by Triiodothryonine Treatment and Nanopatterned Substrates”. Isaac was inspired to study heart cell regeneration after learning that his younger brother suffered from a rare heart defect that required a heart transplant. Isaac also won first-place in the Cell & Molecular Biology category and a special award from the United States Army.
Thorsen Wehr, a sophomore from Cedarcrest High School, was named the CSRSEF First Runner-Up for his project, “Focusing Sound Waves Using a Two-Dimensional Non-Linear System: Phase II”. In addition to being named first-runner up, Thorsen also won first-place in the Physics & Astronomy category, a bronze medal from the United States Army, and the U.S. Metric Association award.
Both boys will receive an all-expense paid trip to represent the Central Puget Sound region at the 2013 Intel International Science & Engineering Fair in Phoenix, Arizona this May. Congratulations, Isaac and Thor!
In addition, Mr. Scott McComb from Aviation High School was named the 2013 Bruce Murdock Teacher of the Year and received an acrylic award and a Kindle Fire for encouraging his science students to tackle real-life science and engineering problems from the first day of school.
His student Max wrote,
“Our very first day of class Mr. McComb told us we needed to start working on a heat shield for a space capsule re-entering Earth’s atmosphere…He broke us into groups and had us start brainstorming. By the second week of school we were building rocket capsules. If you’d told me I’d be doing that after five days of high school I would have freaked out! But our teacher’s “of course you can” confidence made it seem normal, not at all like rocket science…which it was! He makes us feel like we can do anything because he is calm and cool and funny – but he also gives us key information or pushes us for more ideas at just the right time to take the next step.”
Thank you to Mr. McComb for inspiring students at Aviation High School, and congratulations to all of the 2013 participants!
CSRSEF Award Winners
Past CSRSEF Projects
Photos from all past events can be found on our Flickr stream.