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Charter School Students Win, Place and Show at County Science Fair

ACLC learners await judging results at the 2015 Alameda County Science Fair. (Patricia Williamson)

ACLC learners await judging results at the 2015 Alameda County Science Fair. (Patricia Williamson)

Students from the Nea and Alameda Community Learning centers (ACLC), public charter schools in Alameda, entered a range of projects in the Alameda County Science and Engineering Fair held March 20-22, at the Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton, CA.

Out of 35 projects entered, 19 received recognition, with five first-place winners, one second-place winner, six placing third, two placing fourth, and five receiving honorable mentions. Seven projects gained additional recognition with ten prestigious special awards.

In the high school division, ACLC ninth-grader Erika Badalyan’s project, “Stress Relief from Laughter? It’s No Joke” earned first-place in Behavioral Sciences, and special awards from the US Department of Health and the American Psychological Society, along with the California State Science Fair Qualified Award. This means Badalyan will compete in the 64th annual state Science Fair, California’s most elite science competition for grades 6-12.

ACLC eleventh-grader Sophia Moore’s project, “An Early Warning System Using Self-Potential to Measure Levees” earned a first-place Engineering Award, and the Intel Talent Award, which includes a chance to compete in Intel’s International Science and Engineering Fair, the world’s largest high school science competition, with students from over 70 participating countries.

In the middle-school division, Nea eighth-graders, Holly Teeters and Vivi McKee, won first-place in middle school Environmental Science for “Filtering Particulates,” and a Broadcom Masters award. The Broadcom Masters award is given to the top 10% of first-place winners with an invitation to participate in their “Math, Applied Science, Technology, and Engineering for Rising Stars” competition.

ACLC seventh-graders, Harrison Coorey and Sara Zhu, received a first-place award in middle school Behavioral Sciences for “The Dependence of Reaction Time on Different Stimuli,” and a Broadcom Masters award.

ACLC seventh-grader Noah Foster’s project, “Swing Time: Anisochronic Pendulums” won first-place in middle school Physics, and a Broadcom Masters award.

All grades 6 through 12 students from home school, charter, public, private and parochial schools within Alameda County are eligible to participate in the county science fair, with nearly 700 students and over 75 schools taking part in this year’s event.

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