LOS ANGELES, April 5, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Nearly 1,000 of the state's top middle and high school students will convene for the final round of competition in the 66th annual California State Science Fair, April 24-25, 2017 at the California Science Center in Exposition Park. Winners will take home a combined total of more than $60,000 in cash prizes. The fair's presenting sponsor is Northrop Grumman Corporation with additional support from Chevron Corporation, Gilead Sciences, Inc., The Ralph M. Parsons Foundation, Southern California Gas Company, and THE MUSES of the California Science Center Foundation.
Students will present projects that explore a wide range of issues. Here are some of the project titles submitted this year:
- Pawsitively Predominant! Do Dogs Have a Dominant Paw?
- Diabetes, A Bloody Mess: Non-invasive Glucose Testing
- Living Shorelines to Mitigate Sea Level Rise
The public is invited to see this year's slate of innovative projects during the public viewing period on Monday, April 24 from 3:00-4:30 PM. Students will be present to answer questions. Admission is free.
The keynote address featuring Nobel Laureate Dr. W. E. Moerner will take place at the Opening Ceremony on Monday, April 24 from 5:00-6:00 PM in the California Science Center's Wallis Annenberg Building for Science Learning and Innovation.
Dr. W. E. Moerner is the Harry S. Mosher Professor of Chemistry and Professor by courtesy of Applied Physics at Stanford University. Dr. Moerner has conducted research in physical chemistry, biophysics and the optical properties of single molecules, and is actively involved in the development of 2D and 3D super-resolution imaging for cell biology. He has also served as a Research Staff Member and Project Leader at the IBM Almaden Research Center. His scientific contributions were recognized with the 2014 Nobel Prize in Chemistry "for the development of super-resolved fluorescence microscopy." Among many other honors and awards, Dr. Moerner was elected fellow of the American Physical Society, Optical Society of America, American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and is a member of the National Academy of Sciences.
Participating students representing 30 affiliated county and multi-county regional science fairs throughout the state have advanced to the California State Science Fair. The projects span 23 categories – from aerodynamics/hydrodynamics to zoology – in two age divisions and will be judged by a volunteer pool of some 350 scientists and engineers from private industry and higher education.
In addition to the winners in each category, top honors will go to Student of the Year (senior division only), and Project of the Year (in both junior and senior divisions). Science teachers, nominated by students, will also compete for both middle school and high school California State Science Fair Teacher of the Year. Additional awards will be made to student projects by scientific and engineering organizations.
Besides the recognition and prize money, participating in the fair provides additional benefits for students. The process gives them the opportunity to develop a unique set of abilities, including using scientific methodology to reach a conclusion, marketing techniques to create compelling graphic displays, and communication skills to explain their research to Science Fair judges.
The fair culminates with an Awards Ceremony on Tuesday, April 25 from 4:00-5:30 PM in the Science Center's Wallis Annenberg Building.
Dr. Joe Palca, award-winning science correspondent for National Public Radio (NPR) since 1992, will serve as the Master of Ceremonies for the Awards Ceremony. He came to journalism with a science background having received a Ph.D. in psychology from the University of California, Santa Cruz, where he focused on human sleep physiology. Among his many accomplishments, he served as president of the National Association of Science Writers in 2009. From 2009-2010, Dr. Palca was the first Science Writer in Residence at The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens.
The California Science Center is located at 700 Exposition Park Drive, Los Angeles. Parking is $12.00 per car (cash only) in the visitor lot at Figueroa and 39th Street / Exposition Park Drive.
*Important – Reporter / Editor / Producer Note: Reporters interested in viewing projects with students on-hand for interviews should plan to visit either Monday, April 24 from 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM or Tuesday, April 25, 2017 from 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM. These are the only times when the students will be stationed at their projects. RSVP's are required for Monday, April 24 from 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM. Please check-in at the Information Desk located inside the Science Center's front doors. After 12:30 PM on Tuesday, April 25, students will be dismissed and after 1:30 PM, projects will be dismantled. For general information on the California State Science Fair, please visit http://www.californiasciencecenter.org/CSSF/. Names of the winners will be posted on this site after the awards ceremonies conclude at 6:00 PM. Reporters may also contact the Communications Department at (213) 744-2144 for information on winners from their area beginning April 26.
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SOURCE California Science Center Foundation