ANGELES - Winners of the 2002 California State
Science Fair were announced among a cheering audience
of students, parents and teachers during an awards
ceremony held May 21, 2002 at the California Science
Center. The fair drew 956 students from counties
statewide, with finalists selected by a volunteer
pool of over 300 scientists and engineers from
private industry and higher education.
R. Whittinghill, an 11th grade student at
The Thatcher School in Ojai (Ventura County) was
selected for the Dr. & Mrs. Arnold O. Beckman
Project of the YearSenior Division and received
a $10,000 cash prize. His project category was
Aerodynamics/Hydrodynamics and his project was
titled "The Effect of Mass Flux on the C*
Efficiency of Aluminized Grains in an N2O-Fed
Hybrid Rocket Motor." Christine Haas,
an 8th grade student from Reyburn Intermediate
in Clovis (Fresno County) was chosen for the Dr.
& Mrs. Arnold O. Beckman Project of the YearJunior
Division award and received a $5,000 cash prize.
Her project category was Pharmacology/Toxicology
and her project was titled "Effects of a
Natural Poison on Mosquito Development: Year III."
Two special committees, one for each division,
reviewed every first place winning project in
each subject category in order to select the best
project in each division.
C. Mohr, a senior at Desert High School in
Edwards (Kern County), was named California State
Science Fair Student of the Year and was presented
with a $1,000 cash prize. His project entry was
in the category Physics & Astronomy and titled
"The Hot Zone: Achieving Virus Incubation
Conditions with Phase Change Materials Using Thermoelectric
Heat Pumps." This award is presented to the
high school senior who, in the opinion of the
judges, best exemplifies the qualities necessary
for success in science.
State Science Fair Results
Alice Reyburn, a science teacher at Chaparral
Middle School in Moorpark (Ventura County) was
named California State Science Fair Teacher of
the YearJunior Division and Duane Nichols,
a science teacher at Alhambra High School in Alhambra
(Los Angeles County) was named California State
Science Fair Teacher of the Year-Senior Division.
Each received a $2,000 cash prize.
N. Rudolph, executive director, California Science
Center, commented "The fair helps students
learn that they can be scientists and that it
can be fun and satisfying to exercise their creativity,
intellect and curiosity." The Science Center's
involvement with the annual event dates back more
than 40 years and is part of its mission to stimulate
and nurture public interest in science, math and
on other Special Recognition Awards as well as
the complete list of subject category award winners
can be viewed at www.casciencectr.org/CSSF/.
Reporters may also call the Science Center's Communications
Department at (213) 744-7446 for winners from
Editor's Note: California
Science Center is located at 700 State Drive-Exposition
Park, Los Angeles, CA 90037. Open daily from 10
a.m. to 5 p.m., except Thanksgiving, Christmas
and New Year's Day. Admission to the exhibits
is free. IMAX Theater tickets range from $4.25
to $7.00. Both the Science Center and IMAX Theater
are wheelchair accessible. Visitors can enter
the parking lot at 39th and Figueroa Street. Parking
is $6. For general information, phone (323) SCIENCE
or visit our website at www.casciencectr.org.