EPISD students shined bright at the Sun Country Science and Engineering Fair with 25 projects advancing to the Texas State Science Fair and an additional student qualifying for the International Science and Engineering Science Fair.
The journey to becoming a state and international qualifier began as early as December for some of the students, when they identified topics for research, conducted experiments and, ultimately, presented their results at the campus level.
“Participating in the science fair is a way for all students to nurture their curiosity,” Secondary Science Facilitator Theresa Turner said. “Students at all grade levels get to ask questions about the world around them.”
The nearly 100 students who advanced to the EPISD virtual district fair were tasked with preparing a five-minute video discussing the project design, results and real-world connections.
“Participating in a virtual fair can be more challenging than a face-to-face fair,” Turner said. “If the judges don’t understand some part of the student’s project, the judge doesn’t get to ask them any questions.”
Out of the 99 projects, 33 qualified to participate in the Sun Country Science and Engineering Fair, which includes students from throughout the region. There, EPISD walked away with 17 first place spots, 6 second place winners and two third place spots. Additionally, EPISD had 9 out of the 18 sweepstakes awards in categories like Engineering and Life and Physical Sciences. Additionally, Transmountain Early College High School student, Heidi Danielle Houck, also qualified for the International Science and Engineering Fair in Atlanta.
Congratulations to the 25 EPISD students who will advance to state with their well-researched projects. Watch the full award show here.
Andrew Griñé – Coronado – Biochemistry *Special Awards: Office of Naval Research, U.S. Air Force and U.S. Metric Association
Layla Al-Dahwi – Coronado – Chemistry *Special Award: Office of Naval Research and Sweepstakes: Physical Sciences 2nd place
Emma Gentry – Don Haskins – Animal Sciences *Special Award: Broadcom
Ava Houghton – Don Haskins – Biomedical Engineering *Special Award: Broadcom
Andre Benitez – Hornedo – Engineering Technology *Special Award: Broadcom and Sweepstakes: Engineering Sciences 1st place
Samantha Harvey – Hornedo – Materials Science *Special Award: Broadcom
Yaseen Al Bayati – Hornedo – Plant Sciences *Special Awards: Broadcom, EPA, RICOH USA
Edward Ortiz and Kawica Manuel – Silva – Materials Science *Sweepstakes: Physical Science 3rd place
Shreeya Patel – Silva – Plant Sciences *Sweepstakes: Life Science 3rd place
Janelle Gardea – TMECH – Microbiology *Sweepstakes: Life Sciences 2nd place
Heidi Danielle Houck – TMECH – Translational Medical Science *Sweepstakes: Life Science & International Science and Engineering Fair Qualifier
Madeline Ihorn – Wiggs – Biochemistry *Special Award: Broadcom
William Chandler – Wiggs – Biomedical and Health Sciences *Special Award: Broadcom and Sweepstakes: Life Sciences 3rd place
Alexia Guevara – Wiggs – Chemistry *Special Awards: Broadcom and Sweepstakes: Physical Sciences 1st place
Ellie Silva – Wiggs – Earth and Environmental Sciences *Special Award: Broadcom
Emily Orr – Wiggs – Microbiology *Special Awards: Broadcom and Sweepstakes: Life Sciences 2nd place
Marium Zahra – Young Womens Academy – Behavioral and Social Sciences *Special Award: Broadcom
Vianey Garcia – Charles – Behavioral and Social Sciences
V’ante Chapman – Charles – Chemistry
Donovaughn Dennis – Charles – Energy: Sustainable Materials & Design
Esther Choi – Hornedo – Robotics and Intelligent Machines
Miranda Herrera – MacArthur – Physics and Astronomy
Aina Marzia – Young Womens Academy – Behavioral and Social Sciences
Luisa Camarena – Brown – Animal Sciences
Davna Rosenfield – Don Haskins – Biomedical and Health Sciences