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Special Submission by Abdul Siddiqui, PEO STRI STEM Coordinator

 

Volunteers from the U.S. Army Research Laboratory’s Human Research Directorate, Simulation and Training Technology Center (ARL-HRED STTC), the Army Program Executive Office for Simulation, Training and Instrumentation (PEO STRI) and the Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division (NAWCTSD) served as judges at the Seminole County Regional Science Fair, Feb. 14.

Taking part as judges were: (L to R): Hamza Siddiqui – Navy Intern/UCF student, Xavier Bellarmine – NAWCTSD,  Abdul Siddiqui – PEO STRI, Thao Pham - ARL-HRED STTC, Bill Duerden – Central Florida STEM Education Council and Rolando Lopez – PEO STRI.

Taking part as judges were: (L to R): Hamza Siddiqui – Navy Intern/UCF student, Xavier Bellarmine – NAWCTSD, Abdul Siddiqui – PEO STRI, Thao Pham – ARL-HRED STTC, Bill Duerden – Central Florida STEM Education Council and Rolando Lopez – PEO STRI.

The fair featured more than 257 projects from local area middle and high school students. Projects were divided into categories including: Behavioral and Social Sciences (human behavior), Biochemistry, Botany (plant sciences), Chemistry, Computer Science, Earth Science, Engineering 1 (bioengineering, civil, construction, chemical, industrial, materials), Engineering 2 (electrical, computer , controls, mechanical, thermo, solar, robotics), Environmental Management (ecology, remediation), Environmental Sciences, Math, Medicine and Health, Microbiology, Physics and Astronomy and Zoology (animal science).
This year the joint service representatives and the STEM council judged 70 projects for four special awards provided by the Air Force to middle and high school students, five special awards to middle school students provided by US Navy/ Marine Corps and one final award provided by the Yale Science and Engineering Association. Additionally, a smaller contingency from the group judged the overall project winners to represent Seminole County at the International Science Fair.

Special awards winners provided by the Air Force:

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Developing an Accurate Model of Microwave Propulsion – John Royero, Paul J. Hagerty HS.

• Developing an Accurate Model of Microwave Propulsion – John Royero, Paul J. Hagerty HS
• The Chills and Thrills of Rollercoaster Hills – Conner Rodriguez, Chiles MS
• Wubee – An Autism Destroying Avatar – Sapna Patel, Oviedo HS
• Optimization of School Bus Disembarking using Python-Based Discrete Event Simulation – Mitchell Hammack, Oviedo HS
 
 

Special Awards winners provided by US Navy/ Marine Corps:

• How Sweet it is – Peter Gaffney, Tuskawilla MS
• The Chills and Thrills of Rollercoaster Hills – Conner Rodriguez, Chiles MS
• Can you charge an electronic device by pedaling your bicycle? – Adriana Hernandez-Fernandez, Teague MS
• Netflix and Popcorn Don’t Mix – The impact of Microwave on WiFi – Michael Copton, Indian Trails MS
• Digital Image: Is File Size related to the image Quality? – Kyle Mauler, Indian Trails MS

Special awards winner Yale Science and Engineering Association:

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Wubee – An Autism Destroying Avatar – Sapna Patel, Oviedo HS.

• Wubee – An Autism Destroying Avatar – Sapna Patel, Oviedo HS

 

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