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Two Heritage Oak Private Education Students Take Top Honors at The Orange County Science and Engineering Fair (OCSEF)

Friday, April 29, 2016

Two Heritage Oak students took top honors at the recently concluded Orange County Science and Engineering Fair (OCSEF), which took place in Costa Mesa, California. 

In the Physiology / Medical Biology (Junior Division) Aneal S. took second place, and in the NACE International, The Corrosion Society (Junior Division) Saira A. took third place.

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.

Arora’s Abstract dealt with pennies rust and lose their luster with time, and if there is a way to make them appear new or shiny again. Old rusted pennies were dipped in 6 different ingredients to determine which one was best at removing the rust and making the penny appear new. From the results, vinegar was noted to be the best at removing the rust from an old penny. 

Aneal has been selected to represent Heritage Oak at the state science Fair at USC May 24-25, 2016. 

Students were judged on three different criteria: science fair board – a visual representation of their experiment, science fair report and a verbal interview about their project.

The Orange County Science and Engineering Fair (OCSEF) is a nonprofit educational organization that has promoted science and engineering in Orange County since 1955. The educators, scientists, and engineers who volunteer their services are committed to educating, guiding, and motivating students to engage in project-based learning in all fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) to be college and career ready in the 21st century.

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