CSSF Project Listings: 2013
Applied Mechanics & Structures

Junior Division

J0301 — First Place
Eitan S. Acks, Grade 8
Tongue Untwister
Advisor: Mrs. Sarah Rines
School: San Diego Jewish Academy, San Diego, San Diego County
Trinity R. Barrett, Grade 7
Build Destroy Build: Better Homes for Earthquake Country
Advisor: Ms. Gaea Reid
School: Willits Charter School, Willits, Mendocino County
J0303 — Third Place
Ryan T. Beck, Grade 8
Football: Coming to a Crashing Halt
Advisor: Mr. Michael Bullington
School: Pershing (John J.) Middle School, San Diego, San Diego County
Blaine A. Benham, Grade 8
Regenerative Braking Experiment
Advisor: Mr. Go Ozeni
School: Correia (Steven V.) Junior High School, San Diego, San Diego County
Cade Berrett, Grade 8
Connor C. Hatton, Grade 8
Earthquake Proof?
Advisor: Ms. Kendia Herrington
School: Alta Sierra Intermediate School, Clovis, Fresno County
Travis R. Campbell, Grade 7
Is Bigger Faster? How Pulley Diameter Affects Rim Speed
Advisor: Ms. Diana Skiles
School: Jacoby Creek Elementary School, Bayside, Humboldt County
Jesse T. Casey, Grade 7
Siege Weapon
Advisor: Mrs. Jill Rivero
School: St. Anne School, Laguna Niguel, Orange County
Krista A. Celo, Grade 6
Francesca C. Legaspi, Grade 6
Building Stability during Earthquakes
Advisor: Mrs. Delcia Witty-Sampson
School: Incarnation Parish School, Glendale, Los Angeles County
Andrew J. Chaffee, Grade 6
Energy of a Rubber Band
Advisor: Mr. Steve Dirkse
School: McAuliffe (Christa) Elementary School, Bakersfield, Kern County
Deanna N. Cunningham, Grade 7
Preventing Hurricane Damage: Stilt Homes Put to the Test
Advisor: Ms. Kaitlin Rosichan
School: High Tech Middle Media Arts, San Diego, San Diego County
Amy F. Domae, Grade 7
Cell Shape in a Honeycomb Structure vs. Structure Strength
Advisor: Mr. John Briner
School: Fairmont Private Junior High School, Anaheim, Orange County
Brett W. Draper, Grade 7
Rubber Bands in Flight
Advisor: Ms. Debbie Culley
School: Santa Fe Christian Community School, Solana Beach, San Diego County
Christopher C. Gereke, Grade 6
Tsunami: Reducing the Impact
Advisor: Mrs. Denise Hamlin
School: Burke (Teresa) Elementary, Wasco, Kern County
Nicholas Haroutiounian, Grade 6
More Pulleys Can Make an Object Feel Lighter!
Advisor: Mr. Fredrick Sayadian
School: Merdinian (C&E) Armenian Evangelical School, Sherman Oaks, Los Angeles County
Samuel H. In, Grade 8
The Sweetest Bat: How Does Sound Amplitude Affect the Sweet Zone of a Bat?
Advisor: Mrs. Elaine Gillum
School: Marshall (Thurgood) Middle School, San Diego, San Diego County
J0316 — Second Place
Cameron C. Jones, Grade 6
We're Jammin': Using the Jamming Principle to Construct a Universal Gripper
Advisor: Mrs. Suzanne Chandler
School: Corte Madera Middle School, Portola Valley, San Mateo County
James G. Karroum, II, Grade 8
Mechanical Advantage and Efficiency of Pulley Systems
Advisor: Mr. Ryan Espe
School: Nativity Catholic School, Torrance, Los Angeles County
Maryam Khan, Grade 7
Power of the Arch: How Much Can 4 Eggshell Arches Hold & Will the Weight They Can Hold Double with Twice the Eggshells?
Advisor: Mrs. Selena Khan Abdullah
School: Institute of Knowledge, Diamond Bar, Los Angeles County
Skyler M. Mattos, Grade 7
Morgan A. Waldner, Grade 7
Comparing Bridges: Arch, Suspension, or Beam?
Advisor: Mr. Randy Darnell
School: Kings River Union Elementary, Kingsburg, Tulare County
J0320 — Honorable Mention
Kenyon B. Prater, Grade 8
Is It Possible to Construct a Vacuum Airship?
Advisor: Ms. Kim Miller
School: Goleta Valley Junior High School, Goleta, Santa Barbara County
Azzurra-Sky Riley, Grade 8
Measuring a Sand Substitute In Concrete
Advisor: Ms. Julianna So
School: St. Margaret's Episcopal School, San Juan Capistrano, Orange County
J0322 — Fourth Place
Ken R. Ruth, Grade 8
A Better Way to Prevent Concussions: The Addition of Non-Newtonian Fluids to Helmet Padding
Advisor: Dr. Nathan Pfaff
School: Goleta Valley Junior High School, Goleta, Santa Barbara County
Kaushik Shivakumar, Grade 6
Effects of Roller Coaster Configurations on the Car's Final Velocity
Advisor: Dr. Shanthi Adimoolam
School: Harker (The) School, San Jose, Santa Clara County
J0324 — Honorable Mention
Steven A. Silverglate, Grade 8
RC Car Suspension
Advisor: Mr. John Wright
School: Pacific Collegiate School, Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz County
Holly B. Spurgeon, Grade 7
Who Has Short Legs? We Have Short Legs!
Advisor: Mrs. Robyn Shorr
School: Oak Grove Middle School, Jamul, San Diego County
J0326 — Honorable Mention
Bailey E.L. Stormes, Grade 7
What Are the Differences in Bullet Velocity and Penetration on Different Barrel Lengths of Guns?
Advisor: Mrs. Diane Loflin
School: Quail Lake Charter School, Clovis, Fresno County
Ethan P. Strull, Grade 7
Heads Up: Do Soccer Head Protectors Affect the Amount of Force to the Head?
Advisor: Ms. Diane Bredt
School: St. Mark's School, San Rafael, Marin County
Dylon M. Tjanaka, Grade 6
Up-Down Stair Climbing Robot Using Push-Pull Wheel Mechanism
Advisor: Mr. Willy Tjanaka
School: Don Callejon School, Santa Clara, Santa Clara County
Samuel A. Villicana, Grade 8
Foundations Under Us
Advisor: Mrs. Lauren Bennett
School: City Tree Christian School, San Diego, San Diego County
Reed J.D. Williams, Grade 8
Benjamin J. Zdasiuk, Grade 8
Fall Factor: Testing the Forces Resulting from Lead Climbing Falls
Advisor: <none acknowledged>, Ms. Julie Fouquet
School: Corte Madera Middle School, Portola Valley, San Mateo County
Matthew R. Wong, Grade 7
Take the Shake of the Quake: Testing of Seismic Design of Structural Frames
Advisor: Mrs. Nicole Nowinski
School: Stratford Fremont Middle School, Fremont, Alameda County
Zana M. Youssef, Grade 8
Strongest Truss Bridge
Advisor: Mrs. Muna Moinuddin
School: Orange Crescent School, Garden Grove, Orange County
Adam Stefany, Grade 7
Stability of Variously Shaped Buildings in Increasingly Strong Winds
Advisor: Mrs. Elaine Theurer
School: De Anza Middle School, Ventura, Ventura County
Zherui Xuan, Grade 8
Cantilever vs. Cantilever
Advisor: Mr. Carlo Rozzi
School: Earhart (Amelia) Middle School, Riverside, Riverside County
Landon R. Creighton, Grade 6
Does Doubling the Amount of Cement in Concrete Improve Torque Resistance?
Advisor: Mr. James Creighton
School: Monarch Academy, Moreno Valley, Riverside County

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