On Saturday, February 23, eighth-graders Eun Ju Seo and Parker Coates represented CCS at the 60th annual Science & Engineering Fair of Houston (SEFH). More than 1,000 middle and high school students from Southeast Texas showcased their science, engineering, technology and math (STEM) projects at the event hosted by the University of Houston at the George R. Brown Convention Center. Projects are based on 18 science fair categories, ranging from rocketry found in aerospace and assistance from mechanical devices in robotics to new findings in medicine and health. The Science & Engineering Fair of Houston (SEFH) is one of the largest events of its kind in the country.
All CCS 8th graders participated in the campus science fair on December 19. After winning first place at the school fair, these two students moved to the larger competition. Eun Ju’s project was entitled “Cooking for Most Vitamin C” and was entered in the category of chemistry. Eun Ju presented her research, experiment and results to thirteen judges in two rounds of competition. At the CCS fair, Parker Coates won first place in the physical science category. At SEFH, his project was entitled “Which Insulation is the Most Efficient” and was entered in the category of mechanical engineering. Parker presented his research, experiment and results to eleven judges in two rounds of competition.
This is the first year that CCS has participated in SEFH. Robyn Cloutier, eighth-grade Integrated Physics and Chemistry teacher, described the experience for the students: "SEFH was a valuable experience for Eun Su and Parker and gave them the opportunity to be exposed to university professors and industry experts in several fields. These students did an exceptional job and represented CCS very well. This competition tested their endurance and maturity.”