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Report of Anne Arundel County Regional Science and Engineering Fair

Today, Saturday March 8th, I participated at the subject fair as the IIE National Capital Chapter Judge. Student projects were reviewed and evaluated, and prizes were determined including certificates printed off site and then delivered back to the site this morning for distribution at their formal recognition event, at a later date.

Prizes awarded included certificates (1st, 2nd, and 3rd Prize), with a book (“How Stuff Works”), and each wrapped with a blue ribbon. Certificates were printed in color off site due to availability problems with the printer at the event, signed, and my Professional Engineer (PE) seal embossed on premium parchment paper. The presentation ceremony will be at a later date, and I do not plan on attending. Prizes were left with Valerie Wesner and her assistant, county representatives for the event.

Following are the winners:

1st Prize: D Kravets,
Project title: Secure Data Encryption Algorythm.
Project #0609177e
Category: 06 Computer Science
(IE note: This project was a 5 level multi layered approach to safeguarding transmitted data.)

2nd Prize: C Hosmer,
Project title: Wind Turbine Fin Design Efficiency
Project # 0906188
Category: 09 Engineering: Electrical & Mechanical.
(IE note: This project was an experiment with different fin designs under controlled circumstances.)

3rd Prize: N Novak,
Project title: Maximizing The Efficiency Of A Solar Panel.
Project # 1006007
Category: 10 Energy & Transportation
(IE note: This project was a test of a solar panel under different controlled conditions.)

General Comments:
All the evaluations were based on project reviews without the students present.
I reviewed the project and especially the interest that lead them to seek out the basic idea including purpose and aspects, and applications especially on large scale benefit to community and many people.
All project titles were reviewed for potential Industrial Engineering values including cost benefit, cost reduction, energy conservation, and large scale applications to humanity. The initial focus was on just engineering categories and then expanded to include all projects that seemed applicable to Industrial Engineering values.

There were 257 projects listed in the advance list, 41 were listed in the engineering categories. 11 of those sounded very interesting regarding IE and 7 others outside of engineering sounded interesting but there were a few that did not show. Most were individual student projects, some were team efforts.
There were significantly less entries this year compared to last year.

Following are the categories and number of projects listed:

01 Animal Science, 4
02 Behavioral Social Sciences, 25
03 Biochemistry, 6
04 Cellular & Molecular Biology, 4
05 Chemistry, 34
06 Computer Science, 9
07 Earth Science, 7
08 Engineering: Materials & Bioengineering, 16
09 Engineering: Electrical & Mechanical, 26
10 Energy & Transportation, 12
11 Environmental Sciences, 33
12 Environmental Management, 6
13 Mathematics, 4
14 Medicine & Health Science, 18
15 Microbiology, 4
16 Physics & Astronomy, 38
17 Plant Science, 18

Location: North County High School, 10 E. 1st Ave, Glen Burnie, MD 21061

Point of contact: Valerie Wesner, phone 443.223.5975

Students will receive their awards at the Awards Ceremony, in about 10 days. I will not be attending, but am assured our awards will be presented for us.

IIE National Capital Chapter will be listed in the follow-up publication along with all the student projects, winners, and prizes presented. The publication will be presented at the awards banquet and I can expect a copy to be mailed to me. It will be brought to a board meeting for review and possible CAR points.

Saturday, March 8, 2014
Report by Bruce Petro, IIE Judge

Science Fair

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