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California State Science Fair 2016

The California Science Center hosted the 65th Annual California State Science Fair on May 23 and 24, 2016.

The California State Science Fair, established in 1952, is the culminating event for California students in grades 6 through 12 who have won top honors in local, county or regional science fairs.  

This year’s fair drew 941 middle and high school students from 421 schools statewide competing for nearly $60,000 in awards in 22 project categories ranging from Aerodynamics to Zoology.

Special thanks to Northrop Grumman Corporation as the Presenting Benefactor of the 65th Annual California State Science Fair; and to Robert L. Curbeam, Jr., Raytheon Company executive and former NASA astronaut, for delivering the Opening Ceremony’s keynote address.

Brian S. Xia, from San Diego County, won the Senior Division Project of the Year Award with his project Single Molecule Based Transgenerational Therapies to Extend Healthspan and Prevent Multiple Aging Related Diseases.

Andrew C. Chiang, from Santa Clara County, won the Junior Division Project of the Year Award with his project Force Sensing Techniques for Robotic Arms.

Varun Mandi, from Orange County, was awarded California State Science Fair Student of the Year.

Dr. Nikki Malhotra, from Thousand Oaks High School in Ventura County, was honored as California State Science Fair Teacher of the Year in the Senior Division.

Ms. Elizabeth (Kayee) Conrad, from McPherson Magnet School in Orange County, was honored as California State Science Fair Teacher of the Year in the Junior Division.

Please visit http://www.usc.edu/CSSF/ for a complete list of Science Fair award winners and supporters.