SoundBio High School members participate in Science & Engineering Fairs - 2019

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For many aspiring students interested in science, winter and spring can be a very busy and exciting time! Every March, the state of Washington hosts six different Science and Engineering Fairs, all affiliated with the Society for Science & The Public. These Washington regional and state science and engineering fairs can qualify some high school students to compete at the prestigious Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF), widely regarded as the ‘Olympics’ of pre-college science fairs.

Early last winter, three project groups performed their research at SoundBio Lab! SoundBio Lab was able to provide them with a safe laboratory space and oversight, so they could compete in the WA state science fairs. We offer this service to high school students because lab space and equipment are typically not available at local high schools. The student groups included:

  • David Lu, representing Roosevelt High School in Seattle, WA

    • The Effect of AHLs on Microcystis Growth

  • Aditi Ekbote & Vidhi Jain, from Tesla STEM High School in Lake Washington, WA

    • Drug Combinations with Antibiotics and Curcumin to Combat Antibiotic Drug Resistance

  • Cameron Suraci, Kaylee Hynek, & Jaden Lofrese, from Mountlake Terrace High School in Edmonds, WA

    • A Method for Causing Cucurbita Pepo to Produce Delphinidin

For Snohomish and King County, the Regional Science and Engineering Fair is the Central Sound Regional Science and Engineering Fair (CSRSEF), organized and hosted by Bellevue College. This year’s fair was on March 16th. For Snohomish and King county students, participation in this regional fair was mandatory for ‘promotion’ to participate in the state fair. All three of our projects chose to participate in the fair, with great success. Aditi and Vidhi won a 3rd place award in category, and Cameron, Kaylee, and Jaden won an honorable mention in category!

Cameron, Kaylee & Jaden (Left to right) of Mountlake Teraace HS worked on their project with advise from Dr. Orlando de Lange.

Cameron, Kaylee & Jaden (Left to right) of Mountlake Teraace HS worked on their project with advise from Dr. Orlando de Lange.

Aditi (Left) and Vidhi (Right) of Tesla STEM HS tested antibiotic drug resistance. The labspace at SoundBio had the right equipment!

Aditi (Left) and Vidhi (Right) of Tesla STEM HS tested antibiotic drug resistance. The labspace at SoundBio had the right equipment!

David Lu of Roosevelt HS worked on a Microcystis project from December at SoundBio Lab.

David Lu of Roosevelt HS worked on a Microcystis project from December at SoundBio Lab.

Congrats to our award winners!

Congrats to our award winners!

The entire state also participates in the Washington State Science & Engineering Fair, (WSSEF) in Bremerton High School. This year’s 62nd annual WSSEF, held on March 30th, awarded more than a million dollars in scholarships, prizes, and also included awards from many sponsors to ‘Promote future scientists and engineers.’ SoundBio’s two team projects decided to come to Bremerton to compete.

We are proud to announce that BOTH of our teams received awards!

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Aditi Ekbote + Vidhi Jain:

●     First Place in Category

Cameron Suraci, Kaylee Hynek, and Jaden Lofrese:

●     First Place in Category

●     Ohio Wesleyan University – Outstanding Achievement in Science Scholarship

●     Wolfram Mathematica Software Award

All smiles!

All smiles!

The trio from MTHS won two additional scholarships!

The trio from MTHS won two additional scholarships!

SoundBio’s Director of Operations, Yoshi Goto, was a judge for both fairs. Here’s what he had to say.

When I was in high school, I also was a student in these science fairs. Coming back as a judge many years later, I was blown away at the level of complexity, thoroughness, and professionalism that many of the competitors showed. All of these high school students approached SoundBio Lab out of their own initiative, because their school didn’t, or couldn’t, host the projects they wanted to run. I was impressed with their level of commitment towards their projects, which the majority was conceptualized and done by themselves. They went through all the hard work, frustrations, and unexpected situations that comes out of any real experiment. I am glad that SoundBio was able to actualize their projects and provide a testing ground for real experimentation.

We are incredibly proud of all of our students and their achievements! Congratulations to them all!

If you or your children are interested in performing a project at SoundBio Lab for a competition, please contact us at info (at) sound.bio .