Team CCISD Makes Strong Showing at Texas Science and Engineering Fair

Team CCISD Makes Strong Showing at Texas Science and Engineering Fair
Posted on 03/28/2018
TSEFOn March 23-24 in San Antonio, 26 CCISD students competed at the Texas Science and Engineering Fair (TXSEF). Twelve CCISD students and their projects were clear standouts at the state-level competition, placing in their category and earning special awards. Five students will advance to the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair.

More than 1,200 Texas middle and high school students presented their projects at TXSEF and awards were presented to students in 22 project categories for both middle and high school divisions.

“The initiative, innovation and critical thinking with which these students are competing is a great source of pride for Clear Creek ISD,” said Dr. Greg Smith, CCISD Superintendent of Schools. “I know the Board of Trustees and each of these students’ principals and teachers join me in congratulating our winners and wishing the best of luck to those advancing to the International competition in May.”

The following CCISD intermediate students received place awards in the category, along with a Broadcom Masters Nomination at the state competition:

-Emily Troutman, League City Intermediate School, First Place/Mathematics, Project: How to Win the Hunger Games
-Bailey Foulds, Seabrook Intermediate School, First Place/Animal Science, Project: Let it Glow! 2
-Hope Leskowitz, Seabrook Intermediate School, Second Place/Mathematics, Project: The Art of Unshuffling Cards

At the Senior Level, the following students placed in their category:

-Andrew Lio and Smiti Gandhi, Clear Brook High School, First Place/Energy:Physical, Project: Energy of Life: Colored Bioluminescent Concentrator for Enhanced Photovoltaic Performance
-Syamantak Payra, Clear Brook High School, First Place/Robotics and Intelligent Machines, Project: Design and Development of an Intelligent Sensor-Enhanced Digital Stethoscope for Patient-Friendly Remote Auscultation
-Adarsh Suresh, Clear Brook High School, Second Place/Computational Biology and Bioinformatics, Project: Alzheimer’s Disease Prediction
-Carl Ho, Clear Lake High School, Second Place/Chemistry, Project: A Radical Method for Determining Saponfication Number
-Kathryn DeCourcy, Clear Lake High School, Third Place/Engineering Mechanics, Project: Evaluating Methods of Drying Residential Structures
-Kumaran Selva, Clear Lake High School, First Place/Physics and Astronomy, Project: Flexible, Low-cost Solar Cells Using High Efficiency Gallium Arsenide Thin Films on Metal Substrates

Of these students, the following earned the Governor’s Award:
Andrew Liu and Smiti Ghandi, Symantak Payra, Adarsh Suresh, Carl Ho and Kumaran Selva.

Senior Level Special Awards:

Ashely Hoffman of Clear Springs High School won the San Antonio Space Society Award as well as the award from the National Space Society for Continuing to Forward People Living and Working in Thriving Communities Beyond Earth. Project: Laminar Airflow for Enabling Surgery In Microgravity Environments

Clear Lake High School’s Steven Wu won the Future Engineer Award from the Texas Board of Professional Engineers for his project Use of Novel Engineered Materials to Remove Phosphorous in Eutrophic Water.

The following students are advancing to the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair:
Smiti Gandhi
Andrew Liu
Syamantak Payra
Kumaran Selva
Adarsh Suresh

The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, the world’s largest international pre-college science competition, will be held May 13-18 in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania.

Caption: Pictured from left to right, Smiti Gandhi, Vaidya Parthasarathy, Andrew Liu, Steven Wu, Syamantak Payra, Carl Ho, Adarsh Suresh, Kathryn DeCourcy. Not pictured are Ashley Hoffman, Kumaran Selva, and Maggie Davidson.
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