CSSF Project Listings: 2015
Environmental Engineering

Junior Division

Emily Y. Banno, Grade 7
What Is the Best Mulch Material to Prevent Soil Water Evaporation?
Advisor: Mrs. Darshana Shah
School: Portola (Gaspar de) Highly Gifted Magnet Middle School, Tarzana, Los Angeles County
Peter B. Beer, Grade 8
The Efficiency of Using FerroFluid and Magnets to Remove Oil Spills from Water
Advisor: Mrs. Rita Armstrong
School: Los Cerritos Middle School, Thousand Oaks, Ventura County
Chloe R. Berrysmith, Grade 7
Courtney E. Bishop, Grade 7
Desalination Across the Nation
Advisor: Mr. Alex Hofsteen
School: International School of Monterey, Monterey, Monterey County
J1004 — Second Place
Somil Bhushan, Grade 8
Solar Desalination: An Eco-Friendly Solution for California's Water Independence
Advisor: Mr. Mohit Bhushan
School: Marshall (Thurgood) Middle School, San Diego, San Diego County
Sarah C. Bruno, Grade 6
Can I Drink That Water?
Advisor: Mr. Mike Hopper
School: Soulsbyville Elementary School, Soulsbyville, Tuolumne County
Zachariah L. Budd, Grade 8
Nathan J. Patton, Grade 8
Aquaponics Engineering
Advisor: Mrs. Wendi Rodriguez
School: Heritage (The) School, Phelan, San Bernardino County
Allison A. Chung, Grade 8
Extracting Nitrates from Water
Advisor: Mr. David Marchetti
School: La Colina Junior High School, Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara County
Hamish S. De La Cruz, Grade 7
Photodegradation vs. HDPE #2 Plastic Bags Pollution in Water, Soil and Its Effect on Plant's Growth
Advisor: Mr. Kevin Roughton
School: Jurupa Middle School, Riverside, Riverside County
Khushali A. Desai, Grade 7
Aayushi B. Kapadia, Grade 7
Ocean Rescue 911
Advisor: Dr. Komal Desai
School: Warren (Earl) Junior High School, Bakersfield, Kern County
J1010 — Honorable Mention
Manasi S. Deshpande, Grade 8
Cleaning Up Oil Spills Using Nanotechnology
Advisor: <none acknowledged>
School: Sutter Middle School, Folsom, Sacramento County
J1011 — First Place
Tanshi Jain, Grade 7
A Healthier Filter: The Effect of Different Natural Materials on Purity of Water
Advisor: Mrs. Thuy-Anh Nguyen
School: Challenger School, Sunnyvale, Santa Clara County
Angela G. Lee, Grade 6
Christina E. Lee, Grade 6
Samantha A. Morris, Grade 6
Hope 2 Others (H2O): The Bioremediation of Water Using the Plants Moringa oleifera and Coriandrum sativum
Advisor: Mr. Norm Brennan
School: Mirman School for Gifted Children, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County
Connor R. Lough, Grade 6
The Effect of Vitamins on Hatching Artemia salina (Brine Shrimp) in Various Polluted Waters
Advisor: Mrs. Jill Rivero
School: St. Anne School, Laguna Niguel, Orange County
Henry C. Lyon, Grade 8
The Coolest Place in Town: Does a Greenwall Affect the Surrounding Urban Environment?
Advisor: Mrs. Laurin Toegemann
School: Our Lady of Mount Carmel School, Redwood City, San Mateo County
Trinity M. Mobley, Grade 7
Danya A. Novak, Grade 7
Water-Wise: Rainwater Catchment and Its Possibilities
Advisor: Mr. Alex Hoffstein, Mr. Alex Hofsteen
School: International School of Monterey, Monterey, Monterey County
J1016 — Honorable Mention
Anshul Narain, Grade 8
Water Desalination: Reducing Seawater Salinity Using Low Voltage Current
Advisor: Mr. Jonathan Bowns
School: Granite Ridge Intermediate, Fresno, Fresno County
J1017 — Third Place
Jordan B. Paff, Grade 8
Pseudomonas fluorescens Exposed to Plastics: Decomposition Proposition
Advisor: Mr. Ron Pembleton
School: Adaline E. Kent Middle School, Kentfield, Marin County
Safiyah N. Patel, Grade 6
Solution to Cooking Pollution
Advisor: Ms. Aurelia Khatib
School: Orange Crescent School, Garden Grove, Orange County
Anna T. Rioux, Grade 6
Farming for Water: A Solar Desalination Solution for the Water Crisis Facing California's Farmers
Advisor: Mrs. Vicki Rioux
School: St. Rose McCarthy School, Hanford, Kings County
Mari O. Sanders, Grade 7
From Seed to Sod: An Examination of Seed Germination and Its Effectiveness in Establishing Riparian Buffers
Advisor: Mr. Carey Sanders
School: Sequoia Middle School, Porterville, Tulare County
Milan Y. Sanghvi, Grade 8
Investigating the Novel Use of Carbon Aerogel for Water Treatment
Advisor: Mrs. Roxanne Hunker
School: Rhoades (The) School, Encinitas, San Diego County
J1022 — Fourth Place
Liam T. Smith, Grade 8
Crazy Composting
Advisor: Mr. Paul Brown
School: Holy Cross School, Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz County
Hannah G. Sugano, Grade 8
Can Chemically Altered Water Be a Drought Solution?
Advisor: Ms. Michelle Carillo
School: La Colina Junior High School, Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara County

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