(Eureka)—Six Humboldt County students were honored for their entries in the California State Science and Engineering Fair, held virtually on April 13th. The six students qualified for the state competition through advancing from the Humboldt County Office of Education’s (HCOE) 38th Annual Doris Niles Science Fair in March. Of the ten entrants, six students received recognition at the state level. Congratulations to the following students for their performance at the state event:
- Aiden Alvarez, Grade 7, Jacoby Creek School. 2nd place, Junior Mammalian Biology.
“Bobcats, Fishers and Foxes, Oh My! How logging affects predator species composition”.
Aiden was invited to move forward to participate in the Broadcom MASTERS Competition
- Zoe Capuccio, Grade 6, Jacoby Creek School. Honorable Mention, Junior Materials Science
“Bioplastic Biodegradability, Analysis For The Future”.
- Cairo Dedini, Grade 8, Freshwater School. Honorable Mention, Junior Plant Biology
“Plants Have Feelings Too: Feeling for Water Using Sonotropism”.
- Cora Tallman, Grade 8, Kneeland School. 3rd place, Junior Toxicology
“Effects of Parking Lot Sediment Runoff on the Mortality Rates of Daphnia at the Arcata Marsh”.
- Kai Macdonald, Grade 7, Garfield School. Honorable Mention, Junior Physics & Astronomy.
“Fly or Fall: Can Too Much Lift Drag You Down?”
- Anneli and Mathilde Macdonald, Arcata High School. Special Recognition Award: Excellence In Geological Science Projects—2nd
“Water Quality Conundrum: The Effect of Rainfall on Septic Levels In Rural Creeks.
The Humboldt County students qualified for the state competition after participating in the HCOE Science Fair where over 100 virtual projects were created by fourth through 12th grade students from the county’s 31 elementary, middle and high schools. HCOE wishes to thank all science educators, community organizations, donors and volunteers that made the local event possible. More information about this year’s local virtual event may be found here.