CSSF Project Listings: 2016
Physics & Astronomy

Junior Division

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J1701
Justin J. An, Grade 8
All About That Bass: The Effect of Different Frequencies against Isopropyl Alcohol Fires
Advisor: Mrs. Andrea Acres
School: Ridgecrest Intermediate School, Rancho Palos Verdes, Los Angeles County
J1702
Zachary W. Behn, Grade 6
Hockey Puck Speed Test
Advisor: Mrs. Nicole Shimshock
School: St. Charles School, San Carlos, San Mateo County
J1703
Hunter Bren, Grade 6
Math in Ballistics
Advisor: Mr. Norm Brennan
School: Mirman School for Gifted Children, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County
J1704
Brandon L. Cabatu, Grade 8
Thermoelectricity: The Direct Conversion of Heat into Electricity Utilizing the Seebeck Effect
Advisor: Mrs. Mary Anne McNeil
School: Good Shepherd Catholic School, San Diego, San Diego County
J1705 — Honorable Mention
Angela E. Czintos, Grade 8
Boiling Cold: Lowering the Boiling Point of Water
Advisor: Mrs. Sarah Barry
School: St. Bonaventure Catholic School, Huntington Beach, Orange County
J1706
William P. Edwards, Grade 8
The Impact of Weight and Surface Area on Static Friction
Advisor: Mr. Dana Edwards
School: El Tejon Middle School, Lebec, Kern County
J1707
Bella M. Gath, Grade 8
Camera Obscura: The Physics of Optics
Advisor: Mrs. Kathy Eno
School: St. Joseph Elementary, Long Beach, Los Angeles County
J1708
Adam A. Guggenheim, Grade 7
Rolling Resistance: Effects of Natural vs. Artificial Turf and High vs. Low Inflation on Rolling Soccer Balls
Advisor: Ms. Diane Bredt
School: Mark Day School, San Rafael, Marin County
J1709 — Honorable Mention
Audrey G. Hanna, Grade 8
Size Really Does Matter: A Study in Stovetop Efficiency
Advisor: Ms. Christine Baldwin
School: Grant K-8, San Diego, San Diego County
J1710 — Third Place
Xiaoyue Jin, Grade 8
Waves
Advisor: Mr. John-Emmanuel Shirajian
School: Ribet Academy, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County
J1711
Tavleen Kaur, Grade 6
Does the Surface Tension of Water Change When You Mix Different Substances in It?
Advisor: Mr. Bill Jenkinson
School: Stratford Middle School, Santa Clara, Santa Clara County
J1712
Ish Khandelwal, Grade 7
Does the Strength of a Magnet Vary with Temperature?
Advisor: Mr. Rajesh Khandelwal
School: Pinkerton (Elizabeth) Middle School, Elk Grove, Sacramento County
J1713
Joey D. Krauskopf, Grade 7
Slanted or Straight: Which Will Save Your Life?
Advisor: Ms. Kerry Keplinger
School: Corte Madera Middle School, Portola Valley, San Mateo County
J1714
William A. Labrador, Grade 8
An Inexpensive Radiation Detector and Its Application to Cosmic Rays and Environmental Radiation
Advisor: Dr. Allan Labrador
School: Chandler School, Pasadena, Los Angeles County
J1715 — Honorable Mention
Callie M. McCaffery, Grade 8
Centrifugal Force or Fiction?
Advisor: <none acknowledged>
School: Tevis Junior High School, Bakersfield, Kern County
J1716
Danial Pirooz, Grade 8
Are Cool Magnets More Attractive?
Advisor: <none acknowledged>
School: La Colina Junior High School, Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara County
J1717
Philip M. Ramsdell, Grade 6
Spatter Proof: How Height and Angle Affect Blood Spatter Patterns
Advisor: Mrs. Patricia Durham
School: Liberty Elementary, Ontario, San Bernardino County
J1718
Leif P. Rudling, Grade 7
Which 3-D Geometric Shape and Surface Color of Stealth Aircraft Makes It Most Invisible or Undetectable to Radar?
Advisor: Ms. Marcia Nogueira
School: St. Rose of Lima Elementary School, Simi Valley, Ventura County
J1719
Andrew J. Salentine, Grade 8
Harnessing the Power of the Sun Using Solar Ovens
Advisor: Mr. Ken Collin
School: La Colina Junior High School, Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara County
J1720
Bryan A. Shott, Grade 8
The Effect of Color on Heat Absorption
Advisor: Mrs. Laura Ulvaeus
School: La Colina Junior High School, Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara County
J1721
Riley H. Smith, Grade 8
The Effects of Magnets on the Rate of the Flow of Water
Advisor: Mrs. LeighAnn Work
School: Gateway Middle School, Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz County
J1722 — Second Place
Schuyler A. Smith, Grade 7
Can an Amateur Astronomer Measure Double Stars Accurately?
Advisor: Mr. Norm Negus
School: Mt. Everest Academy, San Diego, San Diego County
J1723
Kristin S. Sullaway, Grade 8
Solar Survival: Dyed Water in a Solar Still
Advisor: Ms. Gini Bartley
School: Redwood Middle School, Thousand Oaks, Ventura County
J1724 — Honorable Mention
Charlie K. Thrift, Grade 8
Using Sound Waves to Extinguish Flames
Advisor: Mrs. Nicole Shimshock
School: St. Charles School, San Carlos, San Mateo County
J1725 — Fourth Place
Quang-Dan T. Tran, Grade 8
What Effect Does the Size of a Magnet Have on its Ability to Serve as a Frictionless Bearing?
Advisor: Ms. Katherine Batti
School: Most Holy Trinity Elementary School, San Jose, Santa Clara County
J1726
Greta M. van den Bergh, Grade 8
Testing the Chirality of Glucose Using a Homemade Polarimeter
Advisor: Ms. Samantha Doerner
School: Mt. Everest Academy, San Diego, San Diego County
J1727
Vivek Vijayakumar, Grade 7
Spectral Type and Frequency Correlation in Stars
Advisor: Mrs. Jami Phillips
School: San Elijo Middle School, San Marcos, San Diego County
J1728
Ben R. Walker-Edwards, Grade 8
Measuring the Speed of Sound
Advisor: Mr. John Wright
School: Pacific Collegiate School, Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz County
J1729
Grant E. Weiner, Grade 7
The Evaluation of Latent Fingerprints on Objects of Varying Temperatures
Advisor: Ms. Dorothy Thornton
School: Wornick (Ronald C.) Jewish Day School, Foster City, San Mateo County
J1730 — First Place
Natalie C. White, Grade 8
Cosmic Rays: Determination of the Relative Contributions from the Sun and the Universe
Advisor: Dr. Steven White
School: Clovis Online School, Clovis, Fresno County


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