Do tortoises have a favorite color? Is car exhaust damaging to plants? Do insects get lonely? These are some of the intriguing questions explored by students who entered the 67th annual Ventura County Science Fair.
The Science Fair was held virtually last Friday, with 230 students from 17 local middle and high schools presenting their projects to volunteer judges via online video. The 35 projects that received the highest scores will go on to represent Ventura County in the California Science & Engineering Fair on April 12. A list of the winners with links to their display boards and written reports is provided below.
About the Ventura County Science Fair
With categories from animal sciences to physics, the Ventura County Science Fair is designed to promote and reward the achievements of our students in various scientific fields. By developing skills in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, students are laying the groundwork for their future success.
The Science Fair brings together students, teachers and scientists from around Ventura County to give students an awareness of the importance of science in their lives and to cultivate their interest in scientific careers. The Science Fair enhances students’ scientific knowledge and research skills, reinforces science content standards for California public schools, and recognizes outstanding student achievement. It also motivates students to undertake and complete scientific inquiries in their particular areas of interest.
More information about the Ventura County Science Fair is available on the VCOE website at www.vcoe.org/ScienceFair.
The projects below are the Overall Top 35 Projects in the 2022 Ventura County Science Fair and are eligible to move on to the California Science & Engineering Fair.
|Ellie A.||10||Ventura High School||How Can We Use Blood Patterns to Solve a Crime||DISPLAY||REPORT|
|Jordan A., Lily K. and Sydney M.||12||Thousand Oaks High School||Investigating the Changes of pH and other nutrients in the soil surrounding the Santa Susana Field Laboratory||DISPLAY||REPORT|
|Laine B. and Connor H.||12||Thousand Oaks High School||Evaluating the effectiveness of installing solar panels at Thousand Oaks High School to provide a cooling system for the gym.||DISPLAY||REPORT|
|Andrew B. and Oliver H.||12||Thousand Oaks High School||The effect of bracketing on wood buildings faced with large lateral loading compared to shear walls||DISPLAY||REPORT|
|Chloe B. and Brooklyn K.||10||Ventura High School||Does Diet Effect Your Mental Health||DISPLAY||REPORT|
|Julia B.||10||Ventura High School||Does Hydrolyzed Spider Silk Heal Wounds Faster than Non-Hydrolyzed Spider Silk?||DISPLAY||REPORT|
|April B. and Nicola H.||10||Ventura High School||How Does an Increased Amount of Ballet Training Desensitize the Brain to Dizziness?||DISPLAY||REPORT|
|Delaney B.||8||Los Cerritos Middle School||The Truth About Microplastics||DISPLAY||REPORT|
|Caleb C., Cade H. and Kendall H.||12||Thousand Oaks High School||Methods of Yeast Proofing That can be Utilized to Provide a Similar Result to the Process of Cold Fermentation in Pizza Dough||DISPLAY||REPORT|
|Sean C. and Turner H.||12||Thousand Oaks High School||Investigating the Feasibility of Aerogel in Extreme Heat Conditions||DISPLAY||REPORT|
|Manuel C.||6||Santa Clara Elementary School||Fast Food Fast Mold||DISPLAY|
|Maja D.||10||Ventura High School||Is It Possible To Develop A Flashlight That Operates Exclusively On Body Heat?||DISPLAY||REPORT|
|Bea D.||8||St. Rose of Lima School||Astonishing Antibiotics||DISPLAY||REPORT|
|Rebecca F.||10||Ventura High School||How Does Our Emotional State Affect Memories?||DISPLAY||REPORT|
|Brandon G.||8||Briggs School||How Do Earthquakes Affect Buildings?||REPORT|
|Bertha G. and Angel M.||9||Hueneme High School||Diaper vs Price||DISPLAY||REPORT|
|Kaya H.||6||Santa Clara Elementary School||Gases Harmful or Helpful ?||DISPLAY||VIDEO|
|Nicholas K.||8||Los Cerritos Middle School||The Effects Synthesized Sounds Have on Human Emotion||DISPLAY||REPORT||VIDEO|
|Ayushi K.||8||Los Cerritos Middle School||Glaciers Melt Faster than Paint Dries: Here’s the Problem||DISPLAY||REPORT|
|Marta K.||8||Los Cerritos Middle School||Clothing, Generation, and Biases||DISPLAY||REPORT|
|Mia K.||10||Ventura High School||How Do Different Amounts of Homework Affect Students’ Mental Health||DISPLAY||REPORT|
|Sai R.K.||11||Adolfo Camarillo High School||Effects of Isolation on Social Insects||DISPLAY||REPORT|
|Katherine K.||11||Santa Susana High School||Mitigating the Negative Mental Health Effects of Climate Change||DISPLAY||REPORT|
|Valerie L.||10||Ventura High School||How do Bacterial Infections Affect the Human Body?||DISPLAY||REPORT|
|Mitchell N.||6||Santa Clara Elementary School||Mask Mystery||DISPLAY||REPORT|
|Hyungwoo N.||12||The Thacher School||Development of Orange Peel-Based Bioplastic Structure to Restore Damaged Soil Ecosystem Caused by Wildfires and Verification of Its Effectiveness using Novel Deep Learning Program AIPEB||DISPLAY||REPORT||VIDEO|
|Parker P.||9||Ventura High School||How Does Climate Change Affect Local Plants and Animals?||DISPLAY||REPORT|
|Katelyn S.M. and Lorelei S.M.||12||Golden Valley Charter School||Studying the Role of Peer Opinion on Exam Results and Academic Performance||DISPLAY||REPORT|
|Kaitlyn S.||10||Ventura High School||What Are Different People’s Emotional Responses To Stress In Different Situations?||DISPLAY||REPORT|
|Anushka S.||12||Thousand Oaks High School||Green Synthesis of Silver Nanoparticles using Moringa oleifera Seed||DISPLAY||REPORT|
|Daniel S.||10||Ventura High School||The Hyperloop: A Proof of Concept of the Future of Transportation||DISPLAY||REPORT|
|Eric S.||11||Royal High School||Simi Valley Water Analysis||DISPLAY||REPORT|
|Saiya S.||10||Ventura High School||What percent of individuals recycle?||DISPLAY||REPORT|
|Aleksey Y.||12||Thousand Oaks High School||Analyzing Player Need Satisfaction in Wordle: A Pilot Survey on Video Game Aspects||DISPLAY||REPORT|
|Tianyang Y., Rose W. and David Z.||12||Thousand Oaks High School||Predicting Wildfire Risk in Southern California Using Machine Learning Algorithms||DISPLAY||REPORT|
About the Ventura County Office of Education
The Ventura County Office of Education provides a broad array of fiscal, training and technology support services to local school districts, helping to maintain and improve lifelong educational opportunities for children, educators and community members. VCOE also operates schools that serve students with severe disabilities and behavioral issues, provides career education courses, and coordinates countywide academic competitions including Mock Trial and the Ventura County Science Fair. Learn more at: www.vcoe.org.