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The ideas and talents of students were put “under the microscope” at the 39th Annual Irvine Unified School District Science Fair, held Feb. 4-5 at the Northwood High School gym.

Sponsored by Irvine Public Schools Foundation and Broadcom Foundation, the IUSD Science Fair gave students from grades 6-12 the opportunity to submit their science projects to be judged by community volunteers. Many scientists from the Orange County community donate their time to mentor, judge and guide students before and after the event to foster their interest in STEM-related fields.

In 2019, Great Park Neighborhoods' schools fared well in the science fair: Beacon Park sixth grade students won blue ribbons for projects on The Case of the iPhone, The Life of a Battery and Capture the Sun, while Cadence Park sixth grade projects that won awards included Solar Cooker and Plant Growth with Lumens. Beacon Park Middle School winners included A Cost-Effective Prosthetic Hand for Transradial Amputees and Carbon Graphite Illumination. And whiz kids from Portola High School had two blue ribbon-wining projects: Exploration of Charging Cable Durability and Optimizing Traffic with Game Theory Algorithms.

Impressed? Yes!