The awards are in for the Regeneron ISEF competition and our two finalist did very well. Charlotte Michaluk's project was awards a fourth place in the category of Earth and Environmental Sciences. She was also the runner up for the EPA's National Sustainable Design Expo award and was the New Jersey state winner of the 2021 Stockholm Junior Water Prize. Aravind Krishnan's project received a third place award in the category of Plant Sciences. He also received a Second Award for Serving Society Through Science. We would like to congratulate both of our winners and look forward to seeing everyone next year at the 2022 Mercer Science and Engineering Fair.
We are pleased to present the award winners of the 69th annual, 2021 Mercer Science and Engineering Fair. The Grand Prize winner of the Senior Division is Charlotte Lenore Michaluk from Hopewell Valley Central High with the project Innovative Climate Change Emissions Reduction: The Cargo Ship Flettner Rotor Centrifugal Vortex Exhaust Scrubber. There is a recent article in Mercer Me about Charlotte and the MSEF YouTube channel has the open house and award videos for your viewing pleasure.
First runner up was Aravind Krishnan from Hillsborough High School with the project A Novel Assay to Quantitatively Detect Bacterial Endotoxin by Harnessing PAMP Triggered Immunity of RK1 LUC Arabidopsis thaliana. The 2nd runner up was Sota Mark Ogata from Princeton High School with the project Zircon - An affordable, powerful, and customizable educational soccer robot kit for beginners. The Grand prize winner and 1st runner up will compete in this year's Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair in May.
Most of you are just starting or in the middle of your projects for the 2021 Science and Engineering Fair and may not be thinking about presenting your project yet. Still, check out the Project Presentation section has been recently updated. It include sample templates and a description of the quad charts we recommend as the starting point for your presentation. The Senior division judging includes a Zoom-based video conference. Details and schedules will be provided prior to judging. Elementary and Junior divisions will be judged solely on the provided materials.
The results are in. See the projects for the Robot Design Competition!
Team Spirit received the Best Mechanical Design Improvement award, Team Orion received the Best Image Processing award, and Team Kasa Jizo received the Best Circuit Design award.
Charlotte Michaluk is one of the top 30 finalists for this year's Broadcom Masters competition. The final results are in and Charlotte was award the Department of Defense's STEM Talent Award. The $10,000 award is for demonstrating excellence in science, technology, engineering or math, along with the leadership and technical skills necessary to excel in the 21st Century STEM workforce and build a better community for tomorrow.
Time to get moving. The 2021 Mercer Science and Engineering Fair will be held in March 2021 so start work on you projects now. The event will be online-only as we did in 2020. We are still affiliated with the Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) which will be a virtual event in May. We will also have support for school science fairs. Teachers can contact us for details.
We are getting more local news coverage about our virtual fair including this article by Nicole Viviano at Community News. The article, Mercer Science and Engineering Fair moves online due to COVID-19, highlights our winners like the top three senior division winners: