South Florida Science and Engineering Fairs

2013 Broward County Science Fair

AMS Miami Chapter Judges:
Sim Aberson (NOAA/AOML/HRD)
Howie Friedman (NOAA/AOML/HRD)

On Friday February 8th, Howie Friedman and I judged the
Broward County Science Fair
for both the local AMS chapter and for NOAA. This Fair
probably had the best turnout of great projects in the
fields we judged since we started this several years ago.
Here are the winners and some comments:

  • NOAA Award Middle School - "Survival Rates in Florida Sea Turtles"
    by Isabella Alemany and Holly Eirten of New River Middle School.
    The two girls participated with park rangers at John U. Lloyd State Park in
    counting eggs of two different turtle species. They got counts of how
    many eggs successfully hatched, how many didn't succeed, and how many
    didn't have any life at all, and correlated the information with time
    and with weather conditions. It was a lot of work, and they showed how
    turtle hatching changed when Tropical Storm Isaac came by.

There were two great high-school projects:

  • NOAA Award High School - "Can Reef Building Corals Adapt to the Stress of
    Climate Change? The Effect of Ocean Acidification and Warmer
    Temperatures on Heterotrophy and Coral Skeletal Calcification in
    Montrastrea Cavernosa"
    by Nicole Odzer of Pine Crest High School.
    She worked in Chris Langdon's lab at RSMAS, and had a very impressive
    project for a high-school sophomore or freshman (I forget which).

  • NOAA Award High School - "Examining the Global Carbon Crisis:
    The Impact of Increased Carbon Dioxide on the Biological Processes and Carbon
    Sequestration of the Diatom Licmophora Flabellata"
    by Rachel Sereix of University High School.
    She worked with FAU faculty in Dania Beach, and also had a very impressive
    project for a high-school sophomore or freshman (I forget which).

Though the two were just a few spots from each other on the floor,
neither knew of each other.

We gave the good weather-related projects awards from the AMS.

  • AMS Award Middle School 1st Place - "Global Conveyor Belt"
    by Keyla Correia of New River Middle School.

  • AMS Award Middle School 2nd Place - "Warming Circulation"
    by Doris Li of New Renaissance Middle School.

Both projects were on the global thermohaline circulation, which is a
new topic we hadn't seen before.

  • AMS Award High School 1st Place - "An Improved Novel Method for Measuring
    Atmospheric Haze and Its Use in Identifying Areas of Higher Air Contamination"
    by Kristina Thoren of American Heritage High School.
    This is her second year winning. She worked on a simpler project with haze
    last year, and has greatly improved. She is very eager and wishes to become
    a meteorologist.

  • AMS Award Middle School 2nd Place - "A Novel Method for Estimation and
    Prediction of TC Intensity"
    by Bo You of American Heritage High School.
    "Novel Methods" seem to be in this year. This was an interesting
    project. He got the idea for the work from Haiyan Jiang during summer
    science camp last year. He got TRMM data for the Atlantic and
    correlated temperatures and wavenumber zero and one features from the
    satellite with current and future (+24-h) intensities ultimately
    deriving a linear regression technique to predict both intensities. His
    diagnosis of intensity was about the same as from the Dvorak Technique,
    and his 24-h forecast error was about 15 kt - pretty good for a
    high-school freshman.

Two other things of interest:

  1. I met Lisa Milenkovic of Broward Schools)
    who mentioned that the Florida Marlins and Channel 4 are having
    a 5th annual Weather Day before the Marlins game. I had never heard
    of this before, but it might be something for AOML education/outreach
    people to look into.

  2. A fellow judge was Desiree Sasko, with whom Jim Hendee worked at
    Lee Stocking Island more than a decade ago. She now works in science education.

    Dr.Sim Aberson
    NOAA/AOML/HRD

2012 Broward County Science Fair

AMS Miami Chapter Judges:
Sim Aberson (NOAA/AOML/HRD)
Howie Friedman (NOAA/AOML/HRD)

On Friday, 10 February, Howie Friedman and Sim Aberson judged the Broward
County Science Fair. One high schooler was selected for an American Meteorological
Society Award, while one High School and one Middle School student each
were selected for NOAA awards. Four winners were selected to receive the AMS Greater
Miami chapter's Dr.Gordon E. Dunn Award :

  • American Meteorological Society Award
    Kristina Thoren
    American Heritage High School
    Project title: "Factors that Lead to Increased Levels of Atmospheric Haze"

  • NOAA Award : High School
    Pratheek Nagaraj
    Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School
    Project title: "Novel Optimized Runga-Kutta Methods"

  • NOAA Award : Middle School
    Camila Vara-Sanchez
    Mary Help of Christians Catholic Middle School
    Project title: "Acid Oceans: Weak Mussels?"

  • Greater Miami Chapter's Dr. Gordon E. Dunn Award
    Sonnet Prieto
    St. Bonaventure Middle School
    Project title: "Swimming in Acid: Ocean Acidification"

  • Greater Miami Chapter's Dr. Gordon E. Dunn Award
    Jonathan Mirchandani
    American Heritage Middle School
    Project title: "The Tsunami Project"

  • Greater Miami Chapter's Dr. Gordon E. Dunn Award
    Sameera Vedantam
    Pembroke Pines Charter Middle School
    Project title: "Is It Getting Hot in Here?"

  • Greater Miami Chapter's Dr. Gordon E. Dunn Award
    Jimmy Martinez
    Millennium Middle School
    Project title: "Go with the Flow"

2012 Miami-Dade County Science Fair

AMS Miami Chapter Judge:
Bachir Annane (NOAA/AOML/HRD)

On Saturday, January 21st, Bachir Annane judged the Miami-Dade
County Science Fair. Two sixth-graders and two eighth-graders were
selected to receive the AMS Greater
Miami chapter's Dr.Gordon E. Dunn Award :

Greater Miami Chapter's Dr. Gordon E. Dunn Award

  • 6th graders

    Sara Friedman
    Ruth K Broad Bay Harbor K8 Center
    Project title: "Winds of Time"

    Gabriel Martinez
    Miami Lakes K8 Center
    Project title: "The Effect of Plants on Temperature within a Greenhouse"

  • 8th graders

    Matthew Thompson
    Aventura Waterways school
    Project title: "Lowering the Freezing Point of Water"

    Tomas Riveron
    Ruben Dario Middle School
    Project title: "The Effect of Acid Rain on Rocks"

2011 Miami-Dade County Science Fair

AMS Miami Chapter Judge:
Erik Salna (FIU/IHRC)

On 22 January, Erik Salna judged the Miami-Dade County Science Fair. Two winners were selected
for the AMS Greater Miami chapter's Dr.Gordon E. Dunn Award :

  • Abigail Ayers
    10th Grade
    North Miami Beach Sr. HS
    Project Title: Hurricane Spoilers Part II
    Project examined roof retrofit for hurricane wind mitigation.

  • Daniel Chomat
    11th Grade
    Christopher Columbus HS
    Project Title: The Effect of Hurricane Force Winds on High Profile and Medium Profile Tiles
    Project examined the different performance abilities of 2 different styles of roof tiles to hurricane wind.

2011 Broward County Science Fair

AMS Miami Chapter Judges:
Sim Aberson (NOAA/AOML/HRD)
Howie Friedman (NOAA/AOML/HRD)

On Friday, 11 February, Howie Friedman and Sim Aberson judged the Broward
County Science Fair. Two winners were selected for the AMS Greater Miami chapter's
Dr.Gordon E. Dunn Award :

  • High School
    Aaron Kraslow
    University School
    Project title: "Effects of space and atmospheric weather conditions on
    short-wave radio signal quality"

  • Middle School
    Catherine Greene
    St. David Catholic Middle School
    Project title: "The effect of wind strength on wave size"

2011 Miami-Dade County Science Fair

AMS Miami Chapter Judge:
Erik Salna (FIU/IHRC)

On 22 January, Erik Salna judged the Miami-Dade County Science Fair. Two winners were selected
for the AMS Greater Miami chapter's Dr.Gordon E. Dunn Award :

  • Abigail Ayers
    10th Grade
    North Miami Beach Sr. HS
    Project Title: Hurricane Spoilers Part II
    Project examined roof retrofit for hurricane wind mitigation.

  • Daniel Chomat
    11th Grade
    Christopher Columbus HS
    Project Title: The Effect of Hurricane Force Winds on High Profile and Medium Profile Tiles
    Project examined the different performance abilities of 2 different styles of roof tiles to hurricane wind.

2010 Miami-Dade County Science Fair

AMS Miami Chapter Judge:
Falko Judt (RSMAS)

On 23 January, Falko Judt judged the Miami-Dade County Science Fair.
There were no exhibits relating to meteorology, oceanography, or climate so
the AMS Greater Miami chapter's Award was given to :

  • Christopher Sanchez
    Grade 12
    Felix Varela Senior High School
    "Quantifying Hydroperiod Fluctuations Across An Everglades Wetland
    Through Microscopic Analysis Of Siliceous Microfossils"
2009 Broward County Science Fair

AMS Miami Chapter Judges:
Sim Aberson (NOAA/AOML/HRD)
Howie Friedman (NOAA/AOML/HRD)

On Friday, 13 February, Howie Friedman and Sim Aberson judged the Broward
County Science Fair. One AMS award was chosen:

  • Vivian Hagerty
    "An Analysis of Global Warming"

In addition they selected the following students for NOAA awards for any displays concerning oceanography or meteorology:

  • Award Middle School
    Chelsea Hazlett
    The Repopulation of Corals on Artificial Reefs

  • Award High School
    Aleksander Zivkovic
    Coral Reef Map Generation Using Modified Random Clusters Simulation Method

2009 Miami-Dade County Science Fair

AMS Miami Chapter Judges:
Shirley Murillo (NOAA/AOML/HRD)
Bachir Annane (NOAA/AOML/HRD)
Xuejin Zhang (NOAA/AOML/HRD)
Xue Zheng (Univ. Miami/RSMAS)

On 26 and 27 January, Shirley Murillo, Shirley Zheng, Bachire Annane, and Xuejin Zhang
judged the Miami-Dade County Science Fair. This year the fair was divided
into north and south sections. One winner was selected from the
AMS chapter Award High school category:

Miami-Dade County Science Fair (north)
Jan. 26, 2009
Judges : Shirley Murillo, Bachir Annane, and Xue Zhang
Project title: "Which Atlantic factors have caused hurricane seasonal patterns
to change in the last 50 years?"
Student: Edumin Corrales
School: William H. Turner Technical Arts High School
Grade Level: �11th

Miami-Dade County Science Fair (south)
Jan. 27, 2009
Judges : Xue 'Shirley' Zheng
AMS chapter Award Middle school category:
Project Title: "UP IN THE CLOUDS"
Name: NICHOLAS A. ZINOBILE
School: St. John Neumann Catholic School
Grade Level: 6

2008 Broward County Science Fair

AMS Miami Chapter Judges:
Sim Aberson (NOAA/AOML/HRD)
Howie Friedman (NOAA/AOML/HRD)

On Friday, 15 February, Howie Friedman and Sim Aberson judged the Broward
County Science Fair. NOAA allowed for three awards, they chose:

  • Chelsea Hazlett of Crystal Lakes Middle School
    "Artificial Reefs... How Many Fail?"
    Chelsea gathered data on the health of various types of artificial and
    natural reefs around South Florida while diving, and compared the
    makeup of various types of artificial reefs to natural coral reefs.

  • Alyssa Falise of Atlantic Technical Magnet High School
    "Pollution in Coast Waters."
    Alyssa tested water around Hillsborough Inlet for fecal material and
    e. coli, and compared the results to currents and tides in the
    area.

  • Lindsay Precht of American Heritage High School
    "The Effects of Herbivorous Sea Urchins on Reef Algae."
    Lindsay looked at the amount of algae different species of native
    Caribbean sea urchins in captivity ate during a few week period off the
    Florida Keys.

We also awarded the American Meteorological Society prize to Zachary
Gruskin for his work on a possible unnamed tropical storm during the
2006 hurricane season. Zach is currently an intern at HRD.

2007 Miami-Dade County Science Fair
AMS Miami Chapter Judge:
Shirley Murillo (NOAA/AOML/HRD)

Two students were recognized :

  • In the senior high school level:
    Alyssa Fowers MAST Academy
    "Rainfall and Pollutants: A study of the St. Lucie Canal and River"

  • In the junior middle school level:
    Alec Lopez South Miami Middle
    "The Effect of Global Warming on Tornadoes"

2007 Broward County Science Fair

AMS Miami Chapter Judges:
Sim Aberson (NOAA/AOML/HRD)
Howie Friedman (NOAA/AOML/HRD)

  • In the senior high school level:
    • First Place Zach Gruskin Cypress Bend High School
      "Forecasting the 2006-2007 winter using a variety of meteorological factors"

    • Second Place Caylin Drews McCarthur High School
      "Growing cities! Growing problems"

  • In the middle school level:
    • First Place (tied) Vibhor Nayar Crystal Lakes Middle School
      "Tsunami waves"

    • First Place (tied) Jillian Milopoulos Silver Trail Middle School
      "Wind and water"

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