About a month ago, Steadfast was a sponsor of the 2014 Badger State Science & Engineering Fair
. While we donated money, I feel it was much more important that we donated our time. Personally, I served as a judge for both the Math/Computers award, as Presented by Steadfast, as well as the Best of Fair awards, and found it to be an extremely rewarding experience. It was astounding to see the amount of time and level of attention these high school students gave to their projects. If I could just play a small part in helping these students pursue their interests in mathematics, science, and engineering, it was easily worth my time. I would encourage anyone to take the time to help students build these projects, be their mentors, give them access to your business or lab, or be a judge at a competition.
Due to the high quality of so many of the projects, judging was very difficult; there was certainly some heated debate between judges. But, I am very happy with the way the results came out. The winners of the awards for Math/Computer Science as Presented by Steadfast were:
1st Place - Karen Chen for her project on Autocatalytic Networks
2nd Place - Bertrand Stone for his project on the Characterization of the Line Complexity of Cellular Automata Generated by Polynomial Transition Rules
The Best of Fair Winners were:
1st Place - Karina Schmidt for her project on Induced Pluripotent Stem Cell-Derived Cardiomyocytes as a Model for Ischemia Reperfusion Injury
2nd Place - Amara McCune for her project on Optimizing the Accuracy and Precision of Asteroid Orbital Determination
All winners (you can see a full list here
) received scholarships to Marian University in Fond du Lac, WI. The two Best of Fair winners were also sent to the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair to be held in Los Angeles, California from May 11-16, 2014. We wish Karina and Amara the best on their trip to Los Angeles!
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