— Seventh grade winner at the California State Science Fair

Seventh Grade student Olivia Cevasco won the 3rd place prize in the Junior Division Mammalian Biology Category at the 2017 California State Science Fair for her project, “Diabetes, A Bloody Mess: Non-Invasive Glucose Testing.” The 2017 California State Science Fair took place on April 24-25 at the California Science Center on the campus of USC. Prior to this achievement, Olivia also received the 1st place award in the Biological Systems category at the San Mateo County Science Fair. 

Congratulations, Olivia! We are really proud of you!

 


 

— Five winners at the San Mateo County STEM Fair

Congratulations to our 7th grade Sea Crest School representatives at the San Mateo County STEM Fair this past week. The five of them won a recognition at the event!

  • Matthew Spink with his project “True Green Hydro: Expanding the use of hydro electric power by going small and portable” received the honorable mention award in the Engineering category.

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  • Callisto Lodwick with her project “Effects of different liquids on amount, pH and specific gravity of urine” received the honorable mention award in the Biological Systems category.
  • Emma Steadman with her project “Cookie Sheet Bake-Off” received the 3rd place award in the Materials Science category.

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  • Thomas Cevasco with his project “Is Fresh Air Killing You? Radon: A Deadly Gas” received the 2nd place award in the Earth, Space and Environmental Science category.

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  • Olivia Cevasco with her project “Diabetes: A Bloody Mess, Non-Invasive Glucose Testing” received the 1st place award in the Biological Systems category. Olivia will be going to the California State Science Fair, April 24-25 at the California Science Center in Los Angeles.

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Many thanks to our incredible Science Teacher, Rob Kashima, for guiding our students to this level of excellence!


 

— Annual science festival is a hit

What an amazing time at the Science Festival this week! Seventh graders showed their hard work: researching, hypothesizing, designing and conducting experiments, and proudly displayed their individual science projects. This year, there were 39 projects and a number of engaging hands-on science activity stations and demonstrations for the entire family. Once again, Sea Crest’s Science Festival was a fantastic occasion to celebrate science and learning!

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Thanks to all parents for volunteering and attending this event, but also for supporting our Seventh Grade students — Stay tuned for the results!


 

Seventh Graders’ Makey Makey Musical Instruments

What is a Makey Makey?

A Makey Makey is an invention kit that turns everyday objects into touchpads by combining them with electric circuits, alligator clips, USB cables and the internet. With Makey Makey projects, students can do art, engineering and everything in between!

Makey Makey started out as a project by two students at MIT Media Lab as an academic and artistic project. Now it’s both a business and a project with thousands of community collaborators, with more joining the ranks of inventors everyday.

Our Seventh Graders built Makey Makey musical instruments as part of the Explorations curriculum under the guidance of Ellyn Kohrs, Technology Integration and Computer Science Teacher. They made musical plastic animals, drum sets, a floor piano, a stuffed animal band and a foil key instrument.

They also had the amazing opportunity to share their inventions with Third Grade, who had a blast playing the instruments and learning about electronics, conductivity, circuits, programming and music!

 

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Connor made a drum set out of pipe cleaners and gold pin heads. The way the drum set is set up the crash cymbal is at the top left and the drums are in a triangle.

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Charles made a piano out of plastic animals. He has an entire key from middle C to high C. To play the piano you hold the earth and then touch the copper tape on top of the animals.

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Billy built a drumset with two drums, a high-hat and two drumsticks. It is made out of cardboard, copper, tape, pencils, aluminum foil, a makey makey set and chromebook. To play it, you hold the drumsticks without touching the aluminum foil and tap the copper.

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Conor’s instrument is a piano and the piano goes from A to G. The piano is made out of tinfoil wrapped around cardboard. To play his piano, you hold the earth which is the yellow alligator clip and you touch the cardboard wrapped in tinfoil and it makes the noise.

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Maisie made a piano out of carpet squares for stability wrapped in tin foil to be conductive. To play you take off your shoes and touch the aluminum foil.

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Mikalee demonstrating her stuffed-animal band and sharing important concepts, such as electric circuits and connectivity, with third graders while they were all playing music and having fun.


Student Wins 2nd at State Science Fair

Congratulations to Sixth Grade student Olivia Cevasco, who placed second at the California State Science Fair. She now qualifies for the national Broadcom MASTERS Competition.

Olivia was honored for her submission to the Microbiology (Medical) Junior Division, in which she determined that Staphylococcus bacteria is resistant to human tears. If you’d like to read more about Olivia’s project, “Healing Tears,” click here.

The Half Moon Bay Review also published an article about her experience:

A local sixth-grader’s science fair project will now move on to the national competition level after placing second in its category at the California State Science Fair last week.

Sea Crest School student Olivia Cevasco took home a medal in the medical microbiology category for “Healing Tears.” For her project, she tested how well tears could kill bacteria against several known antibacterial treatments. She found that Bactine was most successful at killing staphylococcus aureus. Cevasco also found that human tears didn’t work at all.

By winning second place at the state fair, held May 23-24 at the University of Southern California, Cevasco now qualifies for the national Broadcom MASTERS (math, applied science, technology and engineering for rising starts) Competition. In that contest, hundreds of top projects in the country are whittled down to 300, then to the top 30.

“Olivia is now looking forward to applying to this national fair, so she will be busy for sure!” mother Lilia Cevasco wrote in an email to the Review.

Cevasco was one of two Coastside students to go to the state fair. Cunha Intermediate School eighth-grader Sonya Cullen’s project “Ghost Fishing,” on alternatives to cotton twine for crab traps qualified but did not place among the winners.

Cullen wrote in an email that attending the state fair was “one of the best experiences I’ve ever had.

“I am very proud to have made it that far,” she wrote. “I met many teens like myself that enjoy science and want to pursue STEM-related careers.”

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