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OCSEF Ask-a-Scientist Nights
OCSEF Ask-a-Scientist Nights

OCSEF, OC Science, and THINK Together hosted four successful Ask-a-Scientist Nights in school across Orange County.

2016 Excellence in STEM Award Ceremony
2016 Excellence in STEM Award Ceremony

At the 2016 annual Excellence in STEM Awards ceremony, teachers, volunteers, board members, judges, and special judges received awards for their excellence.

Jan and Richard Cannon 1964
Jan and Richard Cannon 1964

Jan and Richard Cannon met at OCSEF in 1964 as fellow competitors. Little did they know that they would end up happily married in the years to follow. 

  • The Orange County Science and Engineering Fair (OCSEF) is a nonprofit educational organization that has promoted science and engineering in Orange County since 1955. The educators, scientists, and engineers who volunteer their services are committed to educating, guiding, and motivating students to engage in project-based learning in all fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) to be college and career ready in the 21st century. 

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Free Science Fair Resources
Free Science Fair Resources

Advice for conducting a science fair project, information for various science summer camps, links to science fair competitions, and more!

2015 OC Fair Imaginology
2015 OC Fair Imaginology

The OC Imaginology Fair is a great opportunity to showcase your talents in individual and group project competitions in a variety of subjects including Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math!

2016 Broadcom MASTERS Semifinalists
2016 Broadcom MASTERS Semifinalists

Of the 300 students chosen as Broadcom MASTERS semifinalists from across the nation, nine elementary and middle school students from OCSEF qualified. 

2016 California State Science Fair Winners
2016 California State Science Fair Winners

A total of 32 Orange County students from grades 6-12 won awards at the 65th annual California State Science Fair held on May 23-24.

2016 Intel ISEF Finalists Selected
2016 Intel ISEF Finalists Selected

Four high school students were selected to represent Orange County at the 2016 Intel International Science & Engineering Fair.

Sabreen Alam, a 6th grader in Deerfield Elementary during the 2015-2016 school year, won an Honorable Mention in the field of Product Science at the State Science Fair. Her award-winning project was titled “Natural Foods: Better to Fight Angiogenesis than Drugs?,” a project focused on comparing the effects of natural foods and drugs on angiogenesis with relation to cancerous tumors. Angiogenesis is the production of blood vessels, which is important both in health and disease.

 

Sabreen first became interested in cancer as her field of study after “winning a trip to Google.” Upon developing her interest, she conducted some research from which she discovered  that angiogenesis played a big part in the growth and support of cancer tumors. She was inspired for her project idea when she found out that some natural foods acted as angiogenesis inhibitors. Sabreen felt that “third world countries could benefit” from her investigation, as many “citizens can’t purchase expensive cancer drugs.”

 

A major obstacle Sabreen faced along the way was the amount of time she had to conduct this project. She was given only three weeks to complete her project due to her original project failing to comply with OCSEF guidelines. She found it “extremely difficult and time consuming to have to come up with and finish and Science Fair Project in 3 weeks.” Despite the time pressures, Sabreen won 2nd place in the County Science Fair, and advanced to the State Science Fair.

 

Through this experience, Sabreen felt she has learned values and important life lessons. “Never stop learning,” she said. “Always persevere and never give up.” She feels her most important and most powerful lesson was to “never see failure as a stop sign.”

At the end of a successful science fair journey, Sabreen feels that the “science fair has been a beneficial and enriching experience” and plans to participate next year.

 

 

 

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