Clear Creek ISD Announces Science & Engineering Fair Award Winners

Clear Creek ISD Announces Science & Engineering Fair Award Winners
Posted on 02/06/2018
Science Fair

On Tuesday, January 30, 2018, more than 200 students from the Clear Creek Independent School District received awards for their projects at the CCISD Science & Engineering Fair Awards Night, an annual event that recognizes students in grades 4-12 for their original scientific research. The Science & Engineering Fair distinguishes up and coming scientists who demonstrate 21st-century skills such as critical thinking, communication and collaboration, discipline, and project management.

Volunteer judges from around the community evaluated more than 550 elementary and secondary projects. Projects are judged on a wide range of criteria, including whether the data was gathered in a reliable way, the student showed originality of thought in the design of the experiment and the average person would be able to understand what was being displayed.

With more than 3,000 elementary students participating in their campus-level science and engineering fairs, 326 4th and 5th graders advanced to the district level competition. More than 230 intermediate and high school students competed in three divisions and 17 categories.

The judges selected Grand Award winners and place winners. Next in the competition, 112 junior and senior division winners are eligible to advance to the Science & Engineering Fair of Houston on February 23-24. Several students received special recognition through the Iyar Fine Arts Forum Sound Music Through Science – Universal Peace Through Music Award, which is presented to students with fine arts-related science projects.

“Clear Creek ISD is grateful for community partners, 2018 Presenting Sponsor, Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) and the 2018 Exhibit Sponsor, the University of Houston-Clear Lake, for their support of the fair and CCISD students,” said CCISD Board President, Page Rander.

Rander welcomed the hundreds of parents and students gathered at the awards ceremony. “As a board member, I have the opportunity to witness the talent and drive of our students every day,” said Rander. “We have much to be proud of in this school district and these young scientists and engineers sitting before us are living proof.” Rander went on to acknowledge that the students enjoy a strong support system and thanked the teachers, parents, judges and community who help and encourage CCISD students along their K-12 academic journey.

To view the photos from the 2018 CCISD Science & Engineering Fair Awards Night, click here.

The 2018 CCISD Science & Engineering Fair Grand Award Winners are listed below:

Jesse A. Dorrington 2018 Grand Award
Life Science
Vaidya Parthasarathy, Clear Lake High School
The Missing Beat in the Stem-Cell Heart? Triggering Production of the Elusive T-Tubule Synthesis in hADSCs using MBNL1

Jesse A. Dorrington 2018 Grand Award Runner Up
Life Science
Akhil Majmudar, Clear Brook High School
Tripeptide Permeation Across Phospholipid Bilayer Membranes

Jesse A. Dorrington 2018 Grand Award
Physical Science
Andrew Liu and Smiti Gandhi, Clear Brook High School
Energy of Life: Colored Bioluminescent Concentrator for Enhanced Photovoltaic Performance


Kumaran Selva, Clear Lake High School
Flexible, Low-cost Solar Cells Using High Efficiency Gallium Arsenide Thin Films on Metal Substrates

Jesse A. Dorrington 2018 Grand Award
Syamantak Payra, Clear Brook High School
Design and Development of an Intelligent Sensor-Enhanced Digital Stethoscope for Patient-Friendly Remote Auscultation

Jesse A. Dorrington 2018 Grand Award Runner Up
Steven Wu, Clear Lake High School
Use of Novel Engineered Materials to Remove Phosphorous in Eutrophic Water


IYAR Fine Arts Award
Sound Music through Science – Universal Peace through Music

The Shruti Laya Award
Daniel Vassiliev, Brookwood Elementary
The Formula of Music

Honorable Mention
Elle Dobzyniak, Ferguson Elementary
Does Music Effect the Way Plants Grow?

The Pattu Raiagopalan Award
Lindsey Gefrides, Seabrook Intermediate School
Visible Music

Honorable Mention
Kyra Bowen, Seabrook Intermediate School
How Music Affects Video Perception

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