CSSF Project Listings: 2015
Alternative Energy

Junior Division

Cole N. Barker, Grade 6
Is a Solar Car's Performance Affected by the Angle of Its Solar Panel?
Advisor: <none acknowledged>
School: Spring Grove School, Hollister, San Benito County
J0202 — Honorable Mention
Landon R. Creighton, Grade 8
Engineering a New Way of Generating Electricity Using a Fresnel Lens and a High Temperature Collector
Advisor: Mr. James Creighton
School: Monarch Academy, Moreno Valley, Riverside County
Sean T. Crowley, Grade 7
Recharging Batteries with a Windmill to Power an Electric Car
Advisor: Mrs. Wendi Rodriguez
School: Heritage (The) School, Phelan, San Bernardino County
J0204 — Third Place
Arshia B. Deep, Grade 8
Serena J. Lee, Grade 8
Viren Srivastava, Grade 8
U Power: Harnessing Body Heat for Safety
Advisor: Mrs. Vicki Baker
School: Alvarado Middle School, Union City, Alameda County
J0205 — Second Place
Dev C. Dhruv, Grade 8
Microbial Fuel Cells: Generating Electricity from Organic Matter
Advisor: Mrs. Sally Ghilarducci
School: Scotts Valley Middle School, Scotts Valley, Santa Cruz County
Nicholas L. Finke, Grade 7
Drinking the Ocean: Desalinating Water Using Clean Energy
Advisor: Ms. Patricia Ivester
School: Bayside Middle School, San Mateo, San Mateo County
William C. Gaudreau, Grade 6
What's Cookin'?
Advisor: Ms. Kim Williams
School: Leonardo da Vinci, Sacramento, Sacramento County
Jack Inouye, Grade 8
Wave Power: Capturing Usable Energy from the Ocean
Advisor: Mrs. Kay Barrie
School: Granite Ridge Intermediate, Fresno, Fresno County
J0209 — Fourth Place
Max S. Kunes, Grade 8
Here Comes the Sun
Advisor: Mrs. Marlene Twomey
School: Sacred Heart Elementary Parish School, Coronado, San Diego County
Twisha Kurlagunda, Grade 7
Analysis of Factors Affecting Solar Cell Performance
Advisor: <none acknowledged>
School: Horner Junior High School, Fremont, Alameda County
Kevin P. Lopatka, Grade 7
Harnessing Kinetic Energy Efficiently
Advisor: Mrs. Jeanette Lopatka
School: Notre Dame Academy, San Diego, San Diego County
Gunnar H. McCormick, Grade 7
Pee Power: Building a Microbial Fuel Cell in an Attempt to Find More Renewable Energy Sources
Advisor: Ms. LeighAnn Work
School: Gateway Middle School, Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz County
Grant T. McKechnie, Grade 7
Can Polymer Electrolyte Membrane Fuel Cells Power the World?
Advisor: Ms. Diane Bredt
School: St. Mark's School, San Rafael, Marin County
Jason B. Morris, Grade 8
The Effect of Cooling a Photovoltaic Cell
Advisor: Mr. Ron Pembleton
School: Adaline E. Kent Middle School, Kentfield, Marin County
Dylan E. Nguyen, Grade 7
Joshua A. Van Doren, Grade 7
How Do Nature's Elements Affect a Solar Panel's Power Production?
Advisor: Mrs. Mary Nelson
School: Alta Sierra Intermediate School, Clovis, Fresno County
J0216 — Honorable Mention
Jacob A. Passalaqua, Grade 8
Matthew B. Prata, Grade 8
Just Charge It: Thermoelectric Generator Gear for the Active Person (Charge Small Electronics Using Your Own Body Heat)
Advisor: Ms. Kristy Vena
School: Holy Name of Mary, San Dimas, Los Angeles County
Arvind Ramachandran, Grade 6
Waste Not, Watt Not: Effect of Coffee Grounds on the Efficiency of Microbial Fuel Cells
Advisor: Mrs. Thuy-Anh Nguyen
School: Challenger School, Sunnyvale, Santa Clara County
J0218 — Honorable Mention
Anton N. Semerdjiev, Grade 6
The Photovoltaic Effect
Advisor: Mr. Brian Cady
School: Brywood Elementary School, Irvine, Orange County
Siya Sharma, Grade 7
Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells vs. Silicon Based Solar Cells: Which One Is More Efficient?
Advisor: Mrs. Subha Banerjee
School: Magnolia Science Academy of Santa Clara, Sunnyvale, Santa Clara County
J0220 — First Place
Isabel W. Sperandio, Grade 7
Does the Color of Light and the Temperature of Solar Panels Improve the Efficiency?
Advisor: Mr. David Sperandio
School: Stanford (Jane Lathrop) Middle School, Palo Alto, Santa Clara County
J0221 — Honorable Mention
Sean P. Weiss, Grade 8
From Waste to Watts
Advisor: Mr. John Wood
School: Talbert (Samuel S.) Middle School, Huntington Beach, Orange County
Luke R. Wilhelm, Grade 7
Danger High Voltage: Especially When Cold
Advisor: Mrs. Nicole Shimshock
School: St. Charles School, San Carlos, San Mateo County
Heaven A. Williams, Grade 8
Solar Water Collector: Effect of Collector Diameter, Tilt, and Cover Material on Efficiency
Advisor: Ms. Sonia Ventura
School: Crawford Academy, Van Nuys, Los Angeles County
Derek Li Yao, Grade 8
Charging a Smartphone Using Its Own Heat Source
Advisor: Mrs. Kay Barrie
School: Granite Ridge Intermediate, Fresno, Fresno County

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