CSSF Project Listings: 2015
Physics & Astronomy

Junior Division

Dhruv Aggarwal, Grade 7
Spotlight on Infrared Radiation: Luminous Flux or Radiant Flux?
Advisor: Ms. Cindy Ligeti
School: Medea Creek Middle School, Oak Park, Ventura County
Rahul Araza, Grade 8
How Does the Size of a Speaker Affect Its Frequency Response?
Advisor: Mrs. Rita Armstrong
School: Los Cerritos Middle School, Thousand Oaks, Ventura County
J1703 — Honorable Mention
Chloe Brandon, Grade 6
What Is the Effect of Color on Solar Water Heating?
Advisor: Mr. Ravi Dev
School: Sierra Madre Middle School, Sierra Madre, Los Angeles County
Shona M. Brown, Grade 8
Shake It Up
Advisor: Mr. Stephen Brown
School: School of the Madeleine, San Diego, San Diego County
Isabella J. Catanzaro, Grade 8
Measuring the Spectral Reflectance of Food as It Cooks
Advisor: Mr. Jeremiah Potter
School: Pacific Beach Middle School, San Diego, San Diego County
Justin S. Delgado, Grade 8
Flying High: How Ambient Temperature Affects the Buoyancy of Helium Filled Latex Balloons
Advisor: Ms. Mahya Babaie
School: Magnolia Science Academy 6, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County
Sean F. Duarte, Grade 7
Refraction and the Speed of Light
Advisor: Ms. Ben Yurman-Glaser
School: Hilldale School, Daly City, San Mateo County
William P. Edwards, Grade 7
Archimedes' Golden Crown Principle: Could It Have Worked?
Advisor: Mrs. Lee Bizzini
School: El Tejon Middle School, Lebec, Kern County
Zachary B. Follett, Grade 6
See the Light: A Study of Measuring Electromagnetic Wavelengths
Advisor: Mr. Don Scott
School: Cain (E.V.) Middle School, Auburn, Placer County
Priya Goel, Grade 8
Ankita Vinod, Grade 8
Effect of Impurities on the Surface Tension of Water
Advisor: Mrs. Thea Dalvand
School: Kennedy (John F.) Middle School, Cupertino, Santa Clara County
J1711 — Honorable Mention
Anshul Gupta, Grade 6
The Gauss Gun
Advisor: Mr. Brian Cady
School: Brywood Elementary School, Irvine, Orange County
J1712 — Second Place
Neil T. Hoffmann, Grade 8
The Tarzan Problem: What Is the Best Angle to Jump Off a Swinging Object to Maximize Distance?
Advisor: Ms. Lindsay Martin
School: St. John Fisher, Rancho Palos Verdes, Los Angeles County
J1713 — First Place
Kate E. Jackson, Grade 6
Demonstrating Doppler: Determining the Speed of an Object with Sound
Advisor: Ms. Linh Pham
School: Old Orchard School, Campbell, Santa Clara County
Nikhil Kalita, Grade 8
Volumetric 3-D Display
Advisor: Mr. Kaushik Kalita
School: Marshall (Thurgood) Middle School, San Diego, San Diego County
J1715 — Honorable Mention
Ashwin Kumar, Grade 8
The Relationship between a Projectile's Kinetic Energy and the Crater's Diameter
Advisor: Mrs. Elaine Gillum
School: Marshall (Thurgood) Middle School, San Diego, San Diego County
Magnus A. Lauer, Grade 7
Riley I. Mann, Grade 7
When Ions Flow: The Effects of Magnetic Fields on Electric Propulsion
Advisor: Mr. Alex Hofsteen
School: International School of Monterey, Monterey, Monterey County
Molly R. Mancina, Grade 8
Maya S. Pruthi, Grade 8
How Do the Mass and Height of Dominoes and the Distance between Them Affect the Speed at Which They Fall?
Advisor: Mr. Bud Smith
School: All Saints' Episcopal Day School, Carmel, Monterey County
Eleanor M. Mason, Grade 6
Determining the Color of Light That Has the Most Visibility in Fog
Advisor: Miss Carrie Given
School: Valley Arts and Science Academy, Fresno, Fresno County
J1719 — Honorable Mention
Kiel A. Messinger, Grade 6
How Does the Distribution of Weight Affect the Speed of a Toy Car on a Downhill Slope?
Advisor: Mrs. Victoria Anthony
School: Westpark Elementary School, Irvine, Orange County
J1720 — Honorable Mention
Grady P. Morrissey, Grade 7
How Does the Shape of a Telescope's Mirror Affect the Size of Image Produced?
Advisor: Ms. Laura Kaufman
School: Flintridge Preparatory School, La Canada Flintridge, Los Angeles County
Jacob J. Pace, Grade 7
Up, Up, and Away?
Advisor: Mrs. Reggie McLean
School: Kastner (George W.) Intermediate School, Fresno, Fresno County
Conor T. Padmanabhan, Grade 6
The Effect of Temperature and Frequency on Sound Transmission
Advisor: Ms. Kellie Fletcher
School: Jordan (David Starr) Middle School, Palo Alto, Santa Clara County
Nicholas L. Pinto, Grade 8
Ion Propulsion Efficiency
Advisor: Mrs. Bonita Hamilton
School: Bridges Charter School, Thousand Oaks, Ventura County
Drew L. Quishenberry, Grade 7
The Visualization of Sound
Advisor: Mrs. Karen Yenofsky
School: Aveson Global Leadership Academy, Altadena, Los Angeles County
Jasmine N. Ramirez, Grade 7
The Spacing Need for Domino Speed
Advisor: Mrs. Jennifer de la Ossa-Ramirez
School: Sacred Heart Academy, Redlands, San Bernardino County
J1726 — Honorable Mention
Vineet A. Ranade, Grade 6
The Sweet Spot
Advisor: Mr. Martin Wiedemann
School: Stratford Middle School, Santa Clara, Santa Clara County
Sarah C. Schmidtler, Grade 8
Measuring the Earth's Acceleration Constant and Mass
Advisor: <none acknowledged>
School: Ramona Faith Academy, Ramona, San Diego County
J1728 — Third Place
Zachary T. Smay, Grade 6
Roller Coaster: From What Height Must One Release a Ball in Order for It to Complete a Loop?
Advisor: Mrs. Beth Grove
School: Foothill Ranch Elementary School, Foothill Ranch, Orange County
J1729 — Fourth Place
Evan G. Vail, Grade 8
The Groovy Gratings Experiment: Using Diffraction Patterns to Measure Data Track Spacing on CDs and DVDs
Advisor: Mr. Guy Vail
School: St. Joseph Elementary, Long Beach, Los Angeles County
Luke J. Campos, Grade 6
How Do Underinflated Tires Affect the Difficulty of Riding a Bike?
Advisor: Ms. Colleen Duncan
School: Moore Middle School, Redlands, San Bernardino County

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