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Heritage Oak Private Education Student Wins Research Award in the Junior Division Section of the State Science Fair

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Thursday, May 26, 2016

Heritage Oak Private Education is proud to announce that Aneal S. has won the Bones Clones Research Award in the Junior Division of the State Science Fair.

The Bone Clones Research Award is awarded for the project that best demonstrates the use of the scientific method in original research in Mammalian Biology or Zoology.

Aneal’s abstract regarded estimating the relative amount of strain put on the patellar tendon by various bending angles of a hand built knee joint. The problem being addressed was how much strain on the knee is changed as the angle of the joint becomes more acute.  His hypothesis was eventually proven to be correct that if not exercised, at the angle of thirty degrees the patellar tendon and the quadriceps will be ruptured and may even be torn.

“We are so proud of Aneal,” said Ms. Shaw, Middle School Science Instructor. “The Middle School science department applauds your efforts and hard work.”

The California State Science Fair is the final science fair of the academic year for students throughout the State of California in grades 6 - 12, serving California’s future scientists since 1952. It is hosted by the California Science Center (formerly, the California Museum of Science and Industry).

The 65th annual California State Science Fair was held in the California Science Center on May 23-24, 2016. This year there were 941 participants from 421 schools presenting 845 projects.

Last month Aneal and another student Saira A. took top honors at the Orange County Science and Engineering Fair (OCSEF), which took place in Costa Mesa, California.  

For additional information, please contact Shawna Rhebergen 714-524-1350, or