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Winners of the 1996 Colorado Computational Science Fair

June 26, 1996
BOULDER--George Washington High School in Denver and Gunnison High School took the first-place prizes at the Colorado Computational Science Fair May 18 at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in Boulder. Other schools around the state also won awards at the fair, which was cohosted by Colorado State University and NCAR.

Each of the 45 projects submitted for judging fell into one of three areas: computational science, visualization, or information technology (such as applications for the World Wide Web). Computational science is the use of computers to study science problems. The 76 participating students represented 17 Colorado high schools. Colorado laboratories and university campuses provided the 18 judges. Winners are listed below under each category.

Computational Science: Biology/Physics Group Projects

First place: Modeling Coral Reef Growth in 2D and 3D. Sandy Dornbush, Verawat Sawatdi, and Lori Sims, George Washington High School, Denver. Teacher: Ted Brucker.

Second place: Object Oriented Modeling of Plant Life. Randy Harrell and Christopher Smith Woodland Park High School, Woodland Park. Teacher: Bruce Marr.

Third place: Cell Growth Simulation. Daniel Cer and Andrew Maclennan, George Washington High School. Teacher: Ted Brucker.

Computational Science: Biology/Physics Individual Project

First place: Doomsday Meteorite Simulation. Peter Rahm-Coffey, George Washington High School. Teacher: Ted Brucker.

Second place: Population. Chris Morefield, Cheraw High School. Teacher: Tom Hibbs.

Third place: Large Scale Applications of High Tc Superconductors. Brandon Church, George Washington High School. Teacher: Ted Brucker.

Computational Science: Mathematics Group Project

First place (tie): Graph Theory: Locations and the Global Positioning System. Ben Tarr and Allison Long, Gunnison High School. Teacher: Kris Richards.

First place (tie): Calculus in the Real World. Eric LaBurda and Abigail Wren, Gunnison High School. Teacher: Kris Richards.

Second place: Baseball: Hitting at Coors Field. Antionette Abeyta, Clayton Bates, Mike Crisp, and Jeramy Olmedo, Denver West High School. Teacher: Rita Schnittgrund.

Honorable Mention: Photovoltaic Applications with Evaporative Cooling. Ariel Gleason, Tom Schaffer, and Peter Smaland, Jefferson High School, Edgewater. Teacher: Stan Taylor.

Computational Science: Mathematics Individual Project

First place: Graph Theory. Joel Mulhern, George Washington High School. Teacher: Ted Brucker.

Second place: Stochastic parameters: A Study in Cellular Automata. Twila Paterson, William J. Palmer High School, Colorado Springs. Teacher: Rata Clarke.

Third place: Mars Explorer. Robert Elsner, Platte Canyon High School, Bailey. Teacher: Marjorie Ader.

Fourth place: Ordered Chaos. Martin Chase, Clear Creek High School, Idaho Springs. Teacher: Walter Weiss.

Honorable mention: Model-rocket Telemetry (Altitude Tracking). Ben Hunt, Jefferson High School, Edgewater. Teacher: Stan Taylor.

Information Technology: Group Project

First place: GeorgeWeb-Overall Design and Management. Jason Ortega and Michael Schulman, George Washington High School. Teacher: Ted Brucker.

Second place: CyberGalaxy. Michael Milvich and Scott Sterling, Aspen High School. Teacher: Patty Goodson.

Third place: Denver Public Schools Sports Page. James Cain and Lissa Thimmig, George Washington High School. Teacher: Ted Brucker.

Honorable mention: RMHS Presents: Rocky Mountain High School. Zaiem Beg, Allison Fink, Jerimiah Forsythe, and Matthew Stein, Rocky Mountain High School, Fort Collins. Teacher: Bill Kranz.

Information Technology: Individual Project

First place: CGI and JAVA Programming for the Web. George Bartha, George Washington High School. Teacher: Ted Brucker.

Second place: A Virtual Tour of Bent's Old Fort Historic Site. Aaron Bay, Cheraw High School, Cheraw. Teacher: Tom Hibbs.

Third place: The American Verse NCAR Project. Rick Rapp, Horizon High School, Thornton. Teacher: Ray Meester.

Visualization Project

First place: GeorgeWeb Art Gallery. Kenne Belenky, George Washington High School. Teacher: Ted Brucker.

Second place: VRML: A Vision of Platte Canyon High School. Jesse Deitrich and Josh Hankins, Platte Canyon High School, Bailey. Teacher: Marjorie Ader.

Third place: Birth of a Star. Sean Lawrence, Clear Creek High School, Idaho Springs. Teacher: Walter Weiss.

For more information on the 1996 Colorado Computational Science Fair, check the World Wide Web at http://www.ucar.edu/SCD/CCSF/intro.html. NCAR is managed by the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research under sponsorship by the National Science Foundation.

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Writer: Milli Butterworth

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