CSSF Project Listings: 2011
Applied Mechanics & Structures

Junior Division

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Juan M. Alvarado, Grade 8 portrait
Soil Mechanics Engineering: The Effects of Moisture Content on Soil Strength
Advisor: Mr. Clinton Wyatt
School: Cree (Raymond) Middle School, Palm Springs, Riverside County
Daniel P. Arnold, Grade 8 portrait
How Did We Get Off Track? Functional Comparison of Railroad Switch Design and Derailments
Advisor: Mrs. Elaine Gillum
School: Marshall (Thurgood) Middle School, San Diego, San Diego County
Parisa K. Baher, Grade 8 portrait
What's Shakin'? A Study on Finding the Most Earthquake-Resistant Design of Base Isolation During Seismic Activity
Advisor: Mr. Farid Baher
School: Fairmont Private - Edgewood Campus, Santa Ana, Orange County
J0304 — Honorable Mention
Conner R. Bennett, Grade 8 portrait
Biomimetic Water Striders, Year Two: Testing the Load-Bearing Capacity of Different Leg Coatings
Advisor: Mr. Brian Bennett
School: La Entrada Middle School, Menlo Park, San Mateo County
Adam M. Berger, Grade 8 portrait
Science of Soccer: Optimize Your Kicking Range
Advisor: Ms. Jaclyn Rosen
School: Palos Verdes Intermediate School, Palos Verdes Estates, Los Angeles County
J0306 — Third Place
Michael C. Binon, Grade 8 portrait
Having a Hard Head Won't Save You
Advisor: Mr. Brian Lloyd
School: Granite Bay Montessori, Roseville, Placer County
Brent E. Cahill, Grade 8 portrait
Cars of the Future: Powered by Water?
Advisor: Ms. Julianna So
School: St. Margaret's Episcopal School, San Juan Capistrano, Orange County
Julia V. Cote, Grade 6 portrait
Which Will Withstand the Weight?
Advisor: Dr. Debby Dunn
School: Mesa Union Junior High School, Somis, Ventura County
Bedig D. Deirdeirian, Grade 7 portrait
Bombs Away! A Ping-Pong Catapult
Advisor: Ms. Alina Gaboyan
School: Pilibos (Alex) Armenian School, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County
Danielle C. Faulkner, Grade 8 portrait
Efficacy of Seismic Retrofits in Diminishing Surface Wave Induced Swaying
Advisor: Mr. Ronald Pembleton
School: Adaline E. Kent Middle School, Kentfield, Marin County
Brian J. Fleming, Grade 8 portrait
Throwing a Lacrosse Ball the Right Way
Advisor: Ms. Kaitlin Rosichan
School: Marshall (Thurgood) Middle School, San Diego, San Diego County
Alethia K. Halamandaris, Grade 8 portrait
The Duomo: Art and Science
Advisor: Mrs. Carol Evans
School: Santa Catalina (Upper and Lower) School, Monterey, Monterey County
Quin Lin Harrill, Grade 6 portrait
Swing and a Hit
Advisor: Mrs. Karen Salazar
School: Rio Del Mar Elemetary School, Aptos, Santa Cruz County
Katherine Irajpanah, Grade 8 portrait
Which Type of Bridge Can Hold the Heaviest Load?
Advisor: Mrs. Christy Novak
School: St. Timothy School, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County
J0315 — Honorable Mention
Rachel L. Kanonchoff, Grade 8 portrait
For Shear Joy
Advisor: Mr. Gary Welling
School: Willits Charter School, Willits, Mendocino County
J0316 — Second Place
Hayato S. Kato, Grade 6 portrait
Pasta Bridge: Which Shape Is the Strongest?
Advisor: Mrs. Ann Bennett
School: Turtle Rock Elementary School, Irvine, Orange County
Ryan D. Kmet, Grade 7 portrait
Vortex Power
Advisor: Ms. Tami Kmet
School: California City Middle School, California City, Kern County
Keshav B. Kundassery, Grade 6 portrait
The Best Pulley Combination for Reducing Workload
Advisor: Mrs. Kristen Morgensen
School: Stratford Middle School -Santa Clara, Santa Clara, Santa Clara County
Ethan D. Maahs, Grade 8 portrait
A Study of How Different Forms of Base Isolation Affect the Maximum Acceleration of a Structure during Seismic Activity
Advisor: Mr. Mark Hobbs
School: Fairmont Private - Edgewood Campus, Santa Ana, Orange County
J0320 — Fourth Place
Maya D. Miklos, Grade 7 portrait
Pump it Up! The Effect of Tire Pressure on Bicycle Efficiency
Advisor: Mr. Greg Rice
School: Stanford (Jane Lathrop) Middle School, Palo Alto, Santa Clara County
Vivian N. Nedeltchev, Grade 8 portrait
What Is the Strongest Shape?
Advisor: Mr. Tyson Lingenfelter
School: Mountain View Junior High School, Beaumont, Riverside County
Forrest P. O'Connor, Grade 6 portrait
Can I Engineer a Cheap, Easy to Build Hydro-power Crane?
Advisor: Ms. Malina Tarasco
School: Ascencion Solorsano Middle School, Gilroy, Santa Clara County
James A. Poirier, Grade 8 portrait
Shock Absorbers: Counteracting Physics and Force
Advisor: Mrs. Erin Schumacher
School: Marshall (Thurgood) Middle School, San Diego, San Diego County
Jacob A. Posner, Grade 8 portrait
What Is the Most Efficient Way to Power a Gyrostabilizer?
Advisor: Mrs. Sarah Rines
School: San Diego Jewish Academy, San Diego, San Diego County
J0325 — First Place
Canyon C. Robins, Grade 7 portrait
A Long Shot: Optimizing a Projectile Launching Apparatus
Advisor: Ms. Diana Skiles
School: Jacoby Creek Elementary School, Bayside, Humboldt County
Sam B. Schoonmaker, Grade 8 portrait
The Acceleration of a Skateboard
Advisor: Mr. Go Ozeni
School: Correia (Steven V.) Junior High School, San Diego, San Diego County
Aesha V. Thaker, Grade 8 portrait
Killer Backpacks on the Loose
Advisor: Ms. Christina Fisher
School: Raney (Letha) Intermediate School, Corona, Riverside County
Jalahn I. Travis, Grade 6 portrait
The Physics of Roller Coaster Friction
Advisor: Ms. Celeste Beck
School: Tree of Life Charter School, Ukiah, Mendocino County
Ryan C. Ziegler, Grade 7 portrait
The Effects of an Airsoft BBs Weight on Its Trajectory (Flight Path)
Advisor: Mr. Ralph Ziegler
School: Heritage Christian School, San Diego, San Diego County
Mariam Iyad Hmoud, Grade 7 portrait
Safe in a Quake
Advisor: Mrs. Hanan Deeb
School: Islamic School of San Diego, San Diego, San Diego County

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