This is an update to the progress at this time point in time on my sons Science Fair Project on The Effects of Solar Flare on Radio Communications. As you will see below, there have been three events so far. More to come. 😀
School of Science and Technology Science Fair
January 14, 2015, Kyle did compete at the school level for the science fair with the project The Effects of Solar Flare on Radio Communications. I am not sure how many people judged but I believe that it was teachers, administrators and some upper classmen. He had to go through this one by himself at least for the presentation piece. He felt very confident and comfortable this time around with what he was presenting and he did learn a lot about the effects of solar activity on not only ham radio communications but also power grids as well. He also learned how solar flare are created and far their impact can be.
On that same day, The School of Science and Technology did the awards presentations for each category. I am proud to say that Kyle came out with 1st Place in Physical Sciences at the school level. This was an awesome accomplishment and gets places him at the next level. The next one is called the Alamo Junior Academy of Science science fair.
Alamo Junior Academy of Science science fair at Robert E Lee High School
This has been a wild ride for Kyle so far, during the weekend of January 31st, Kyle did compete in the Alamo Junior Academy of Science science fair at Robert E Lee High School here in San Antonio. This was for the top 1st place winners from the school level science fair which is a cool accomplishment. This was Kyle’s first time in competing away from the school level and was a great opportunity for him to see how this works. There was a lot of work with a new Oracle system that the kids and teacher had to use and get used to in order to progress further. This science fair was in front of three judges where he presented with his slides using a projector. This one, I was able to be in and see him perform. He did a great job and was confident in what he was presenting. There were some nervous issue from Kyle as he appeared to be presenting too fast, but the judges were happy and were able to get the information that they were looking for with time left. I think that I was more nervous and it was very difficult for me as his dad and mentor on this project to keep my mouth closed…LOL. Maybe it is a good thing that parents aren’t aloud in most competition areas.
From the School of Science and Technology side where Kyle attends, there were 7 total from both junior and senior divisions, I believe, that presented. Each placed in their fields of study.
The following day, February 1st, was the awards presentation for that science fair. This was the moment that we were all waiting for and was nerve racking. The kids were seated in the middle with their teachers while the parents and guests were placed in the outer sections. The awards presentations were ran efficiently while there were four categories with sub categories within each. Kyle was in the Earth and Space category once he began his journey outside the school level. Now the time that we were waiting for, Kyle came in with Highest in Category for Earth and Space. This moves him up into the regional science fair called the Junior Science Academy Regional Science Fair.
Junior Science Academy Regional Science Fair at St. Mary’s University
Kyle has done a great job so far and he is finding out that as he keeps going, the more difficult the science fairs are and the more competition gets greater. For the School of Science and Technology on Loop 410, we are down to two senior and three junior participants for the Alamo Regional Science and Engineering Fair. The competition took place on the weekend of the February 15th at St. Mary’s University here in San Antonio and it was a big deal for most schools that came. This is a larger venue for the participants as the competition used both the main arena and the upstairs workout areas of the main gym. It was impressive to see how this science fair was ran. During setup, on Saturday February 15th, the parents were able to accompany the participants to their staging areas that were assigned to them. I was cool to see some of the projects which were being presented and there are so many talented kids out there. There was only thing that was inspector found during setup and it was a little sticker that needed to be attached to the board which basically said, “The images, graphs, etc created were created by the participant”. Once we added that, Kyle was good to go. Kyle did see three of his team mates
Each person received a certificate for participating in the Alamo Regional Science and Engineering Fair which was left at their display.
On Sunday February 22nd, the awards ceremony took place for the Alamo Regional Science and Engineering Fair. There were so many corporate and government awards given out are well as several scholarships awards. It amazed us with everything that was presented. The funny part about this was that once the placements were done, Kyle did not place which means one of two things, either he didn’t get anything at all or he placed higher than the standard first place. Well, both me and my wife were surprised and happy at the same time. Kyle eneded up with a Fifth Place Grand Prize which placed him in the ExxonMobil Texas State Science Fair coming up in May here in San Antonio. This is an incredible accomplishment and we are extremely proud of Kyle. The School of Science and Technology where Kyle goes is now down to two junior division participants. Michael, his team mate, took 1st Grand Prize in Behavioral and Social. Way to go guys!!!!
As a second surprise to this, Kyle also won a special certificate from the Broadcom MASTERS which shows that he is in the top 10% which are 300 national Semifinalists to compete. This states that he has been nominated to compete in the Broadcom MASTERS competition later this year. Kyle will need to apply and do what he needs to in order to make it to this one. We are so proud of Kyle for being selected for this. It is a huge honor and accomplishment for him. The page below states that this will be in Washington DC, but will find out more as the school get the information.