CSSF Project Listings: 2014
Environmental Engineering

Junior Division

Vikram S. Balasubramanian, Grade 7
Capturing Carbon Dioxide with Saltwater Hydroponics
Advisor: Mr. Raghu Balasubramanian
School: Gale Ranch Middle School, San Ramon, Contra Costa County
J1002 — Honorable Mention
Zachary Benetatos, Grade 8
OFO Filtration System: An Environmentally Safe Solution
Advisor: Mrs. Meg Deppe
School: Sitting Bull Academy, Apple Valley, San Bernardino County
Jessica Bennett, Grade 8
John C. Takemura, Grade 8
Oil Options: A Sustainable Method of Reclaiming Kitchen Waste Oil and Grease
Advisor: Ms. Donna Lee
School: Junction Avenue K-8 School, Livermore, Alameda County
Rohan Bhushan, Grade 8
Christopher J. How, Grade 8
Nitrosomonas europaea: Accelerating Bioremediation of Ammonia Using Magnesium Sulfate
Advisor: Mr. Alex Hofsteen
School: International School of Monterey, Monterey, Monterey County
Rachel N. Clift, Grade 7
The Effectiveness of Neodymium Magnets at Cleaning Oil Spills
Advisor: Ms. LeighAnn Work
School: Gateway Middle School, Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz County
J1006 — Second Place
Soraya K. Cordero, Grade 8
Is It Raining Trash? The Effect of Storm Drains on Ocean Pollution
Advisor: Mrs. Roslynn Riggins
School: Our Mother of Good Counsel School, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County
Stephanie N. Cudney, Grade 7
Earthworms Affect Soil pH
Advisor: Ms. Claire Coykendall
School: Mountain Oaks School, San Andreas, Calaveras County
Callum E. Day Ham, Grade 7
The Effect of Elevated CO(2) Concentration on Plant Growth
Advisor: Ms. Robin Young
School: Stanford (Jane Lathrop) Middle School, Palo Alto, Santa Clara County
Hamish S. De La Cruz, Grade 6
Chamber, Photodegradation, Action
Advisor: Mrs. Maria De La Cruz
School: Avon (Glen) Elementary School, Jurupa Valley, Riverside County
Amanda B. Diamond, Grade 7
Oil Spill Clean Up Using Nanotechnology
Advisor: Mrs. Brenda Ahnn
School: South Lake Middle School, Irvine, Orange County
J1011 — Honorable Mention
Ishani Ghosh, Grade 8
The Effect of Limestone on Soil and Water
Advisor: Mr. Jeff Kubran
School: La Colina Junior High School, Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara County
Tommy O. Hartman, Grade 7
Alfryd L. van Bruggen, Grade 7
Nyctinastic vs. Succulent: The Battle for the Green Roof
Advisor: Dr. Bob Dubrow
School: Central Middle School, San Carlos, San Mateo County
J1013 — Honorable Mention
Alexander J. Howard, Grade 8
Using Oyster Shells to Neutralize Acidity in Water Collection and Treatment Systems
Advisor: Mrs. Juliana Dy-Gaytan
School: Pleasanton Middle School, Pleasanton, Alameda County
Jackson J. Humphrey, Grade 6
Can Algae Bloom Be Affected by Manure Produced from a Modified Chicken Diet?
Advisor: Mrs. Diane Loflin
School: Quail Lake Charter School, Clovis, Fresno County
Nia M. Isom, Grade 8
Gasoline Soaker-Upper
Advisor: Mrs. Tamara Reyes
School: New Horizons School, Fremont, Alameda County
J1016 — First Place
Christopher D. Isozaki, Grade 8
Reducing Energy Used by Computers Utilizing Green Technologies
Advisor: Mr. Derek Lefkowith
School: St. John Fisher, Rancho Palos Verdes, Los Angeles County
Andrew A. Jakab, Grade 7
Can a Change of State Material Improve Cool Roofs and thus Lower Energy Use in Buildings?
Advisor: Ms. Diane Bredt
School: St. Mark's School, San Rafael, Marin County
J1018 — Fourth Place
Ananya Karthik, Grade 7
A Greener Cleaner: Investigating a Potential Biosorbent for the Removal of Heavy Metals from Aqueous Solutions
Advisor: Mrs. Thuy-Anh Nguyen
School: Challenger School, Sunnyvale, Santa Clara County
Ava M. Killoran, Grade 7
Fresh Water from the Sea by Desalination
Advisor: Mr. Kevin Lane
School: Pacific Union School, Arcata, Humboldt County
Rachel J. Linton, Grade 8
Advisor: Mrs. Vicky Matthews
School: Springville Union Elementary School, Springville, Tulare County
Anne C. McDaniel, Grade 8
Filtration Station
Advisor: Mrs. Michelle McDaniel
School: Mount Saint Mary's Academy, Grass Valley, Nevada County
J1022 — Honorable Mention
Nathifa Nasim, Grade 7
Using Different Species of Houseplants on Reducing the Amount of CO in the Air
Advisor: Mrs. Shagufta Akhtar
School: Granada Islamic School, Santa Clara, Santa Clara County
Flora L. Perlmutter, Grade 8
Testing the Effects of Carbon Dioxide on Wheatgrass Plants
Advisor: Mrs. Elaine Gillum
School: Marshall (Thurgood) Middle School, San Diego, San Diego County
Tate N. Reynen, Grade 8
Soak It Up
Advisor: Mrs. Wendy Karnes
School: Stockdale Christian School, Bakersfield, Kern County
Srijani Saha, Grade 8
The Use of Nanotechnology in the Aftermath of Oil Spill
Advisor: Mrs. Vimala Sampath
School: Challenger School, Newark, Alameda County
Mari O. Sanders, Grade 6
Help Wanted: Green Filters for Sweet Corn. Seeking Solutions to America's Fertilizer Fixation
Advisor: Mrs. Renee Carson
School: Westfield School, Porterville, Tulare County
Serena E. Tang, Grade 8
Earthworms: A Cost-Effective Solution for PCB Soil Contamination?
Advisor: Mr. Jonathan Bowns
School: Granite Ridge Intermediate, Fresno, Fresno County
J1028 — Third Place
Alana R. Tessman, Grade 8
Bioremediation vs. Chemical Cleaning of Oiled Birds and the Effluent
Advisor: Mrs. Alison Bogart
School: Wallace (Woodrow) Junior High School, Lake Isabella, Kern County
Wil C. Valtakis, III, Grade 7
Removing Waste Oil from Water Utilizing Magnets
Advisor: Mrs. Rachal Valtakis
School: Heritage Peak Charter School, Vacaville, Solano County
Anthony T. Vu, Grade 6
No Longer Delicious: A Study of the Effects of Different Soils on the Biodegradation Rate of Organic Matter
Advisor: Mrs. Teresa Lesieutre
School: Canyon Heights Academy, Campbell, Santa Clara County
Clara L. Wochholz, Grade 8
Would You Like a Glass of Ocean?
Advisor: Ms. Christina Fisher
School: Raney (Letha) Intermediate School, Corona, Riverside County

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