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OOS Shines at County & State Science Fairs
Posted 05/06/2017 09:33PM

The annual county and statewide science fairs were recently held, and we have good reason to be proud! At the county level, an OOS graduate won Best in Competition, three OOS Upper School students placed and won special prizes, and our own GR8 Science Teacher Tim Ainoa, in his science fair debut, won best new teacher. One Upper School student went on to compete at the State level. Here are the details:


Kate Jackson (GR8) - Sustainable Play: Comparing the Safety of Renewable Alternatives to Commercial Playground Surface Materials, (Physical Science and Engineering.)

  • County: First Place Award, Physical Science & Engineering; $100, Trimble Award; Second Place, SAMPE - Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering.
  • State: Second Place Award for Product Science.
  • Nominated to compete in the Broadcom MASTERS, the nation's largest Middle School science championship.

Want to know which surface proved the safest? You can read all about it in Kate's project summary here.



Masha Korolik (GR8) - Refraction of Light: Its Dependence on the Density and Nature of a Solution (Physical Science and Engineering.)

  • County: Second Place, Material Science; Honorable Mention, Society of Vacuum Coaters.



Ben Gleixner (GR6) - Save The Ship (Physical Science and Engineering).

  • County: Outstanding Project: Certificate of Achievement from the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary, and a Voucher for a Safe Boating Course.


Holly Marie Jackson (GR11; OOS '14; Notre Dame '18) - Unlocking History: An Algorithm to Virtually Unfold 3D Computed Tomography Scans of Unopened Historical Documents (RRI Physical Science and Engineering.)

Holly wrote an algorithm to virtually unfold letters from the 17th Century. Found in a trunk in 1926 in The Netherlands, the historic documents could not be opened without destroying them. Maybe Holly will ask Vice Principal Ellen Koomen to translate them? You may read Holly's project summary here.

  • County: Grand Prize; Best of Championship in Physical Sciences; First Place, Physical Science and Engineering. Santa Clara Valley Science & Engineering Fair Assn, Board of Directors Awards; $500 Physical Science prize, Synopsys Outreach Foundation; Synopsys Outreach Foundation.



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