The Orange County Science and Engineering Fair was held from April 8-10 in Costa Mesa at the Orange County Fair and Exposition Center, where middle and high school students displayed projects in fields of scientific research and discovery. In the competition, Ardent students Michelle Xu and Kevin Lee were the Junior and Senior Sweepstake winners, respectively.

Michelle Xu, an eighth grader from Pioneer Middle School in Tustin, received the Junior Sweepstakes Award for her mathematical model of “Leaf Counting for Carbon Sequestration,” which is the process of long term storage and capture of atmospheric Carbon Dioxide. Michelle also took first place in the Mathematics and Software category in the junior division.

Kevin Lee, a senior at University High School in Irvine, received the Senior Sweepstakes award for the third time for his project on “Strongly Coupling the Electrical and Mechanical Dynamic of the Heartbeat in a Diffuse Interface Model,” in which he was able to develop a faster and more efficient mathematical model to describe the shape of the heart as it beats by using fluid mechanics principles.

Kevin also took first place in the Mathematics and Software category in the senior division, and went on to Intel’s Science Talent Search in Washington D.C, where he won second place and received a $75,000 scholarship.

Among the many awards and honors recipients at this year’s OC Science and Engineering Fair were several other Ardent Academy Students who participated in the 2013 Ardent Academy Science Research Summer Camp. Their names and awards are as follows:

  • Jennifer Choi - Second Place in Physics/Astronomy, Senior Division
  • Justin Jeon - Third Place in Physics/Astronomy, Senior Division
  • Jongho Park - Second Place in Mathematics and Software, Senior Division
  • Aileen Wang - Second Place in Mathematics and Software, Senior Division
  • Jefferey Xing - First Place in Physics/Astronomy, Junior Division
  • David Zhang - First Place Electricity and Electronics, Junior Division