CSSF Project Listings: 2013
Physics & Astronomy

Junior Division

J1801 — Honorable Mention
Rosemary J. Chapman, Grade 6
The "Eggsact" Speed of Light
Advisor: Mrs. Tina Williford
School: Westfield School, Porterville, Tulare County
Mariah G. Cox, Grade 6
Oh, No! The Dryer Broke!
Advisor: Ms. Lorre Stange
School: Laytonville Middle School, Laytonville, Mendocino County
J1803 — Honorable Mention
Austin M. Hartman, Grade 8
Thierry L. de Crespigny, Grade 8
Ed O. van Bruggen, Grade 8
Visualizing the Invisible: At Home with a Schlieren Camera
Advisor: Mr. Tom Keating
School: Central Middle School, San Carlos, San Mateo County
J1804 — First Place
Shashank H. Dholakia, Grade 8
Shishir H. Dholakia, Grade 8
The Sky Is No Limit: A Photometric Analysis of Short Period Variable Stars and Extra-Solar Planetary Systems
Advisor: Dr. Nancy Fohner
School: Peterson (Marion A.) Middle School, Sunnyvale, Santa Clara County
Abigail F. Hernandez, Grade 7
Index of Refraction: Correlation with Chemistry and Density
Advisor: Mr. Tom Hernandez
School: Santa Fe Christian Community School, Solana Beach, San Diego County
Julia G. Jorgensen, Grade 8
The Effects of Temperature on the Resonant Frequency of a Singing Wineglass
Advisor: Mrs. Andrea Acres
School: Ridgecrest Intermediate School, Rancho Palos Verdes, Los Angeles County
Madeline L. Karnes, Grade 8
Speed vs. Thrills: A Study of Potential and Kinetic Energy
Advisor: Mrs. Wendy Karnes
School: Stockdale Christian School, Bakersfield, Kern County
Austin T. Kim, Grade 8
Super Cooling and Snap Freezing
Advisor: Mr. Ken Cornell
School: Fairmont Private Schools - Anaheim Hills, Anaheim Hills, Orange County
J1809 — Third Place
Margo K. Kuney, Grade 6
Does Temperature Affect a Magnetic Field's Strength?
Advisor: Mrs. Wendy Karnes
School: Stockdale Christian School, Bakersfield, Kern County
Rennie M. Lembo, Grade 8
Can Thermoacoustic Refrigeration Be a Functional Alternative to Conventional Refrigeration?
Advisor: Ms. Carol Evans
School: Santa Catalina (Upper and Lower) School, Monterey, Monterey County
Marcus Luebke, Grade 6
Laser Transmission of Energy: To Power the Future
Advisor: Mr. James Brunner
School: Bayside Middle School, San Mateo, San Mateo County
Henry A. Mason, Grade 7
Who Packs the Most Punch, Superman or Flash? A Study of the Relationship between Mass, Velocity, and Force
Advisor: Mr. Gary Kreeger
School: San Carlos Elementary School, Monterey, Monterey County
Sumer A. Mukhey, Grade 7
Living in Harmony
Advisor: Mr. Eddie Ozawa
School: St. Martin of Tours School, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County
Gajan R. Nagaraj, Grade 8
Why Are Motorcycles and Bicycles Less Visible in Traffic?
Advisor: Mrs. Thea Dalvand
School: Kennedy (John F.) Middle School, Cupertino, Santa Clara County
J1815 — Fourth Place
Vinisha D. Prajapati, Grade 8
Is Your Watermelon a "Lemon"? Can "Tapping" a Watermelon Really Predict How Ripe or Sweet It Is?
Advisor: Mr. Jonathan Bowns
School: Granite Ridge Intermediate, Fresno, Fresno County
Tyler E. Robertson, Grade 6
No Pane, No Gain: How Window Placement Affects Passive Solar Heating
Advisor: Ms. Jennifer Puentes
School: Fort Washington Elementary, Fresno, Fresno County
J1817 — Second Place
Julienne Sauer, Grade 8
Quantum Locking: The Future of Frictionless Motion
Advisor: Ms. Kimberly Hansell
School: Windemere Ranch Middle School, San Ramon, Contra Costa County
J1818 — Honorable Mention
Sam A. Scherz, Grade 8
Nathan S. Stull, Grade 8
Tesla's Egg of Columbus
Advisor: Mr. Paul Scherz
School: La Colina Junior High School, Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara County
Nathaniel J. Tran, Grade 7
UV Rays in Water
Advisor: <none acknowledged>
School: American Martyrs School, Manhattan Beach, Los Angeles County
Wil C. Valtakis, III, Grade 6
How Does Color Affect the Absorption of Single Wavelength Light Energy?
Advisor: Mrs. Rachal Valtakis
School: Heritage Peak Charter School, Vacaville, Solano County
Alexis M. Valtenbergs, Grade 8
Using Refraction to Determine the Speed of Light through Different Substances
Advisor: Mr. Kevin Trone
School: South Bay Elementary, Eureka, Humboldt County
Marc F. von Oepen, Grade 6
Wire on Ice
Advisor: Mr. Douglas Kyle
School: Rio Del Mar Elemetary School, Aptos, Santa Cruz County
Isabella M. Williams, Grade 8
The Effects of Wavelength on the Refraction of Light
Advisor: Mrs. Delcia Witty-Sampson
School: Incarnation Parish School, Glendale, Los Angeles County
Celia R. Willner, Grade 8
David C. Willner, Grade 8
The Potential Effect of Decibel Levels in Certain Settings on Permanent Hearing Damage
Advisor: Ms. Colleen Carey
School: Stanford (Jane Lathrop) Middle School, Palo Alto, Santa Clara County
Michelle S. Deyski, Grade 7
Solar Panels: Best in Heat or Cold?
Advisor: Ms. Kelly Johnson
School: Medea Creek Middle School, Oak Park, Ventura County
John H. Park, Grade 8
How Do Different Various Voltages Affect the Deflection Rate of Charged Particles at a Constant Current?
Advisor: Ms. Colleen Sumner
School: Moore Middle School, Redlands, San Bernardino County

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