LOS ANGELES, May 2, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Winners of the 63rd annual California State Science Fair were announced during ceremonies that took place April 29, 2014 at the California Science Center. This year's fair drew 1,030 students from 34 regions/counties statewide, with finalists selected by a volunteer pool of scientists and engineers from private industry and higher education. Students took home a combined total of over $50,000 in cash prizes.
The presenting sponsor for the 2014 event was Northrop Grumman Corporation, with additional support from Chevron Corporation, Southern California Gas Company, THE MUSES of the California Science Center Foundation, The Ralph M. Parsons Foundation and Gilead Sciences, Inc.
Shiloh Curtis, an 11th grade student from Laughing Thunder Academy, Sunnyvale (Santa Clara County), was selected for the Project of the Year—Senior Division Award and received a $5,000 cash prize. Her project was titled "Enabling Situational Awareness: A Hat-Based Hands-Free Haptic Navigational Aid for the Visually Impaired"; and Aaron Feldman, an 8th grade student from Pressman (Rabbi Jacob) Academy, Los Angeles (Los Angeles County), was chosen for the Project of the Year—Junior Division Award and received a $2,500 cash prize. His project was titled "Where'd Those Swimmers Go?" Two special committees, one for each division, reviewed all first place, winning projects from every subject category in order to select the best project in each division.
Kevin Lee, a senior at University High School, Irvine (Orange County) was named California State Science Fair Student of the Year and was presented with a $1,000 cash prize. The project entry was titled "Strongly Coupling the Electrical and Mechanical Dynamics of the Heartbeat in a Diffuse Interface Model." This award is presented to the high school senior who, in the opinion of the judges, best exemplifies the qualities necessary for success in science.
Guadalupe Valero, a teacher at Rialto High School in Rialto (San Bernardino County) was named California State Science Fair Teacher of the Year—Senior Division and Norm Brennan, a teacher at Mirman School in Los Angeles (Los Angeles County) was named California State Science Fair Teacher of the Year—Junior Division. Each received a $2,000 cash prize.
Jeffrey N. Rudolph, President and CEO of the California Science Center commented, "Congratulations to the award-winners and to all who participated in the California State Science Fair. These students, who exemplify the practice of science by experimenting and creating projects, are on the path to becoming our future innovators and leaders." The Science Center's involvement with the annual event dates back more than 40 years and is in keeping with its efforts to stimulate and nurture public interest in science, math and technology.
In addition to the top awards, 289 students placed 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and Honorable Mention in the Category Awards. A complete list of Category Award winners as well as information on recipients of Special and Recognition awards can be viewed at www.californiasciencecenter.org/CSSF/. Reporters may also call the Science Center's Communications Department at (213) 744-7446 for winners from their area.
California Science Center is located at 700 Exposition Park Drive, Los Angeles. Open daily from 10am to 5 pm, except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day. Admission to the exhibits is free. Timed tickets are required for the Space Shuttle Endeavour exhibition and may be obtained online for $2. IMAX Theater tickets range from $5.00 to $8.25. Both the Science Center and IMAX Theater are wheelchair accessible. Visitors can enter the parking lot at 39th/Exposition Park Drive and Figueroa Street. Parking is $10/car. For general information, phone (323) SCIENCE or visit www.californiasciencecenter.org.
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SOURCE California Science Center Foundation