About 20 THINK Together middle school students got to take part in the Orange County Science and Engineering Fair’s annual competition, a first for the nonprofit, extended-learning program.
The student exhibits were made possible through a partnership with the Broadcom Foundation, OCSEF, Discovery Science Center, and the Santa Ana Unified and Tustin Unified school districts.
Students from Tustin Unified taking part in the exhibit included: Marissa Luna, Melody Velasco, Alessandra Ramirez, Katie Dang, Darien Lai, Kaitlyn Atkinson and Lesley Pacheco, all of Utt Middle School in Tustin.
Students from Santa Ana Unified included: Villa Intermediate students Leonardo Telez, Ashley Vega and Ernesto Bejarand, Carr Intermediate student Krisyln MacCarthy, McFadden Intermediate students Samantha Luevano, Michelle Cruz, Jennifer Cruz, Veronica Cabrera and Andrea Garcia; Lathrop Intermediate students Jordan Ortiz, Kevin Altorre, Rosa Berber, Cesar Nava, Jaclyn Cervantes and Vanessa Flores.
Katie Dang and Alessandra Ramirez from Utt created a science exhibit that examined “Which stain remover works best?” The students stained shirts with ketchup, grape juice lipstick, mustard and car oil and used a variety of stain removers.
“Mustard was the easiest,” Alessandra said. “We thought grape juice would be the easiest, but it was the hardest.”
The girls researched their project on the internet and said they found the negative and positive ions that are used to remove stains very interesting.
Statements like those make Arnold Shugarman, co-president of the Orange County Science and Engineering Fair, very happy.