2017 GE Summer Science Academy
Read the article from the July 28, 2017 Oklahoman - Students tackle challenges at Summer Science Academy
2017 Science and Technology Month
OCAST would like to recognize the following students as STEM Students of Excellence for going "above and beyond" in their pursuit of science, technology, engineering and math.
Ryder Thompson and Emma Tipken
Emma and Ryder built an electric car from scratch. They used multiple tools to cut and put together their car. They created gears from wood and then later used the tinker cad website to help build the gears using the 3D printer. They used a 9-volt battery to power the car. They had to solder the wires together to complete the circuits. They also used a stop switch which allowed them to stop the car at any specific length without touching the car. With the car, they were able to enter it into the Science Olympiad State Tournament where they placed first.
The project was assigned based on the chemistry objective HS-PS3-3 which states: Students who demonstrate understanding can: Design, build, and refine a device that works within given constraints to convert one form of energy into another form of energy. Jacob saw a device on social media and immediately knew he wanted to use the example to guide his creation as well. Jacob used many materials to create a hydraulic robotic arm. The arm is made of cardboard, skewers, syringes, colored fluid, craft sticks and tubing. Our school voted on the projects created in chemistry and Jacob’s voting box was hydraulic as well. Examples of other projects were solar ovens, watermills and Rube Goldberg projects. However, Jacob’s was most impressive by the limited amount of resources used and the robotic arm’s ability to pick up objects and swivel and move in four different directions. Jacob has a great grade point average, is involved in many organizations and has outstanding conduct and school spirit. He graduates this year and plans to attend college and major in engineering.
Caleb Amore, Logan Canada, Darius Moore and Katie Young
The group has been named national finalist in the second annual Bright Schools Competition. Their project, titled “Charge Your Heart,” was designed as an awareness campaign to share the dangers that come from the blue light emitted by electronic devices, how that affects the circadian rhythm (sleep/wake cycle) and how that in turn can impact teen suicide rates. They created and distributed simple bracelets with both solar and glow-in-the-dark beads to remind teens to put down their electronics and get outside to “charge you heart” with natural blue light. They are even mailing Charge Your Hear materials to other states and countries to share the project with classmates who have moved on to other schools. This will make the project have an even greater area of impact.
In his experiment, Aiddenn demonstrated osmosis by placing gummy bears into solutions of baking soda, salt and various solutions of sugar. He wanted to see how the different solutes impacted the gummy bears so he could figure out which solutes have a higher water potential. The purpose of the experiment was to observe the effects of the solution concentrations on the mass of gummy bears.
The title of Hannah’s project was “Did You Pik?” She wanted to answer the question, “Will a waterpik reduce the amount of periodontal disease causing bacteria on individuals with braces?” Her hypothesis was that using a waterpik in addition to regular brushing would more effectively remove plaque, reducing the amount of periodontal disease causing bacteria in the mouth and decreasing risk of future periodontal disease. Hannah’s hypothesis was correct. The waterpik reduced the amount of plaque more effectively than regular brushing alone. This will also decrease her chances of developing gingivitis. Adding the waterpik to her daily routine was a major improvement in her oral hygiene, especially with her braces.
Jared has competed in several competitions flying drones and excelled in all of them. This year before the Google Aerogames, he had to make a drone from scratch. Jared found a mentor at a local machine shop and spent hours making the frame. He then worked hours with an IT person to wire and program a working drone. He ended up as runner-up, but the news stations focused more on his drone. He even put a GoPro on top of it to show the course and scan the arena. He went beyond anything he was expected to accomplish.
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Watch a video of some of the exciting events at this year's Oklahoma Engineering Fair sponsored by the GE Foundation and the Oklahoma Engineering Foundation.