RRPS Science EXPO 2017

Two Student Science Teams Advance to Intel International Science and Engieering Fair
Posted on 04/03/2017

Fernando Guerrero and Richard RomeroNew Mexico State Science and Engineering Fair
April 1, 2017

Rio Rancho High students Fernando Guerrero and Richard Romero took top honors at the New Mexico State Science and Engineering Fair, held on April 1 at New Mexico Tech in Socorro.  Their project, A Comparative Study of the Antimicrobial Effects of Transition Metal Nanoparticles,
won both first place in their category and the event's top award: the right to represent the state of New Mexico at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (I-ISEF) in Los Angeles May 14th-19th. 
The project focuses on an exciting medical theory: Paris Reuel at State Sciencethe team investigated whether multiple transition metal nanoparticles could be used to inhibit the growth of bacteria, thus limiting the need for antibiotics.   

Guerrero and Romero had already qualified for Intel-ISEF as representatives of the Central Region (see below), so their selection created an open spot at I-ISEF from our region. That open spot went to another RPRS student, Cleveland High's Paris Reuel, with his project Sweet Strength: Retarder of Cement.  Reuel's project debunks a theory that adding sugar to concrete helps it to harden more quickly.

State science fair exhibitorsEight of the nine RRPS student projects entered at the 2017 New Mexico State Science and Engineering Fair earned placement awards: 

  • Arianna Abad and Megan Agena, Rio Rancho High, Calcium and Cantereus asperus Shells (Animal Science, 3rd place)
  • Maribel Garcia-Kedelty and Jamie LeVie, Rio Rancho High, Interleukin-10 and AB Interaction in a Computational Biology Model (Medicine & Health, 2nd place)
  • Fernando Guerrero and Richard Romero, Rio Rancho High, Comparative Study of the Antimicrobial Effects of Transition Metal Nanoparticles (Microbiology, 1st Place & I-ISEF qualifer representing the state)
  • Spenser Millburn, Cleveland High, Earthquake Neutralisation: Vibration Induced Combustion via Resonance (Engineering, Honorable Mention)
  • MacKenzie Mills, Rio Rancho High, Comparing the Effects of the Components of Chemical Fertilizer on Algal Growth and Illuminance (Microbiology, Honorable Mention)
  • David Ogden and Tony Sapradit, Rio Rancho High, Pesticide Removal with Mushroom Compost (Earth & Environmental Science, 2nd place)
  • Paris Reuel, Cleveland High, Sweet Strength: Retarder of Cement (Chemistry, Honorable Mention, I-ISEF qualifier representing the Central region)
  • Cameron Zielinski, Rio Rancho High, Do Mine Spills Really Destroy the Environment? Phase II (Earth & Environmental Science, Honorable Mention)

Central NM Science and Engineering Research Challenge
March 18, 2017

A talented team of researchers from Rio Rancho High snared top honors at the regional level and is on its way to the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, to be held this May in Los Angeles, CA. 

Science EXPO Romero & GuerreroFernando Guerrero and Richard Romero's project, A Comparative Study of the Antimicrobial Effects of Transition Metal Nanoparticles, was one of the top four projects among hundreds exhibited at the Central New Mexico Science and Engineering Research Challenge (CNMSERC).  (In the photo, Richard is standing at the left and Fernando at the right.)   

The CNMSERC features schools from throughout the area and is the qualifying competition for the New Mexico State Science Fair in April.  In addition to qualifying students for state, the top four CNMSERC projects qualify for exhibition at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (I-ISEF), the world's top science fair featuring outstanding young scientists and engineers from throughout the globe.  This is the first time in five years RRPS students have earned the right to exhibit at I-ISEF.   

In addition, RRPS students won dozens of special awards and thousands of dollars in cash prizes.  See the full list here! 

RRPS Science EXPO - January 19, 2017

Jamie McVie & Maribel GarciaFrom sophisticated genetic components on the cutting edge of medicine to the hardening properties of concrete, solid research earned student researchers top honors in the Rio Rancho Public Schools Senior Science EXPO for 2017.

See a list of placement and special award winners here!

Rio Rancho High seniors Maribel Garcia-Kedelty and Jamie LeVie studied properties of Interleukin 10, a genetic component that research suggests may play a major role in suppressing immune and inflammatory responses.  Its potentially positive -- and negative -- effects are the subject of active research by scientists and medical specialists.  Their project, Interleukin-10 and Aβ Interaction in a Computational Biology Model, studies Interleukin-10 in the context of Alzheimers disease.  It earned the pair Outstanding Young Research Honors at this year's RRPS science showcase.  In the photo at top left, they defend their project to one of the dozens of volunteer judges who evaluate the projects.  
Science EXPO - Paris Reuel
This year's other top award winner is Cleveland High junior Paris Reuel, whose project Sweet Strength: Retarder of Cement investigates a theory that adding sugar to concrete makes it "set" more quickly.  Reuel found the opposite was true -- added sugar actually slowed the rate at which cement hardens.  Reuel comes from a science-fair-winning family: both his older brother and sister exhibited projects that won top honors in the EXPO.  Nearly 15 years ago, Paris' brother Nigel was one of the first RRPS students to be invited to exhibit at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair.

Some 275 students from Cleveland and Rio Rancho High exhibited 177 projects at this year's EXPO, featuring everything from the effect of algae in rain barrel water Science EXPOEllen Kurowski(at left, Ellen Kurowski explains her project to a judge) to whether (in theory, on a massive scale) transmitting radio waves on an opposing frequency through the soil could dampen the effects of an earthquake (bottom right, Spenser Milburn demonstrates his apparatus).  The best projects showcase creativity at a scientific level most adults can't grasp. 

The Science EXPO program helps students develop critical thinking skills by researching topics in a variety of academic disciplines.  Many students apply the principles and protocols of scientific inquiry to solving real-world problems in art and music, sports, business, the humanities, and other academic areas as well aScience EXPO - Milburns science, engineering, and mathematics.  Students choose a topic of interest to them, develop a testable question about that topic, gather and analyze data, and prepare materials reporting their results.  They then must explain and defend their project and results to the judges.  Projects are judged in categories including Behavioral and Social Sciences, Biology, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Energy and Transportation, Engineering, Environmental Science, Mathematics, Medicine and Health, and Physics. 

Students compete for prizes and the opportunity to participate in the Central New Mexico Science and Engineering Challenge, the regional-level science and engineering competition.  Students who earn first, second, or third placements qualify.  From there, students can move on to state and international competition.