Students Excel at Research, Science, and Engineering!

  • MUSD congratulates 42 students and 9 classes for their award-winning engineering, science, math, and technology projects at the 64th Southern Arizona Research, Science and Engineering Foundation’s (SARSEF) fair.


    The four-day special event showcased student researchers’ projects covering scientific, environmental, medical and engineering topics in a professional, competitive environment. Over 95,000 K-12 Southern Arizona students participated in earlier stages of the competition in order to compete at the fair.


    Congratulations to Butterfield Elementary School, Coyote Trail Elementary School, DeGrazia Elementary School, Estes Elementary School, Ironwood Elementary School, Marana High School, Mountain View High School, Quail Run Elementary School, Rattlesnake Ridge Elementary School, Thornydale Elementary School and Twin Peaks Elementary School.

     

    SARSEF encourages ALL citizens to think critically and make decisions based on evidence and data. They are committed to empowering Southern Arizona’s K-12 students to participate in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math; offering multiple programs that enrich the community and prepare students for the future.

     

    Congratulations to the following students, schools and classes from Marana Unified School District:  

Butterfield

  • Grade/Class or Student:

    5 / Class of 0

    Water Woes
    SARSEF Grand Award: 1st Place

    Teacher: Yvonne Youngquist
    Category: Cellular and Microbiological Sciences


    Grade/Class or Student:

    5 / Riley Blank

    Radical Radiation
    SARSEF Grand Award: 1st Place
    Outstanding Project in Nautical or Submarine Sciences
    The Live Theatre Workshop Creativity Award

    Teacher: Yvonne Youngquist
    Category: Physics, Astronomy, and Mathematics


    Grade/Class or Student:

    6 / Yadaimene Federico

    Candy in Disguise
    SARSEF Grand Award: 2nd Place

    Teacher: Yvonne Youngquist
    Category: Behavioral and Social Sciences


    Grade/Class or Student:

    6 / Nora Jarrold

    Doggie Delights
    Passion for Science Award: In honor of Rachel Tankersley and Tonya Connelly

    Teacher: Yvonne Youngquist
    Category: Behavioral and Social Sciences

Coyote Trail

  • Grade/Class or Student:

    5 / Cole Burch

    The Color of Politics
    SARSEF Grand Award: 1st Place

    Teacher: Lisa T Johnson
    Category: Behavioral and Social Sciences


    Grade/Class or Student:

    5 / Macy Gwen Fergesen

    Cool Friends
    SARSEF Grand Award: 3rd Place

    Teacher: Lisa Johnson
    Category: Engineering, Robotics and Computer Sciences


    Grade/Class or Student:

    6 / Andrew Litz

    Does This Pool Feel Fast? Chlorine vs. Saltwater Pools
    SARSEF Grand Award: 3rd Place

    Teacher: Lisa T Johnson
    Category: Chemical Sciences

DeGrazia

  • Grade/Class or Student:

    1 / Class of 21

    Bear-ly Adequate Ice Floes
    SARSEF Grand Award: 2nd Place

    Teacher: Carrie Mirlocca
    Category: Animal and Plant Sciences


    Grade/Class or Student:

    1 / Class of 20

    Polar Bear Plunge
    SARSEF Grand Award: 1st Place

    Teacher: Teresa Marshall
    Category: Animal and Plant Sciences


    Grade/Class or Student:

    2 / Class of 21

    Break It Down
    SARSEF Grand Award: 3rd Place

    Teacher: Brandy Martin
    Category: Chemical Sciences


    Grade/Class or Student:

    3 / Class of 25

    M & M Time
    SARSEF Grand Award: 2nd Place

    Teacher: Wendy Bieg
    Category: Behavioral and Social Sciences


    Grade/Class or Student:

    3 / Class of 23

    Taste Perception
    SARSEF Grand Award: 3rd Place

    Teacher: Robert Mayer
    Category: Behavioral and Social Sciences


    Grade/Class or Student:

    3 / Reagan A. Respecki

    Which Lip Balm is the Bomb?
    EL Design Studio, Creativity Award

    Teacher: Corinna Summerset
    Category: Chemical Sciences


    Grade/Class or Student:

    4 / Class of 23

    All Water Bottle Flippers Are Not Created Equal
    SARSEF Grand Award: 2nd Place

    Teacher: Sherrie Dennis
    Category: Physics, Astronomy, and Mathematics


    Grade/Class or Student:

    5 / Royce Ricker

    Solar Tower
    SARSEF Grand Award: 3rd Place
    TEP Award of Excellence

    Teacher: April Elias
    Category: Energy and Environmental Engineering


    Grade/Class or Student:

    6 / Noah Buchanan
    Ian Markes

    Pothole Bandaids
    SARSEF Grand Award: 2nd Place

    Teacher: Robert Mayer
    Category: Energy and Environmental Engineering

Estes

  • Grade/Class or Student:

    4 / Layla Barger

    Project Yawn
    SARSEF Grand Award: 3rd Place

    Teacher: Amanda Basaldua
    Category: Behavioral and Social Sciences

Ironwood

  • Grade/Class or Student:

    2 / Ethan B. Chacon Rath

    pH of Water and Fish Survival
    Arizona Hydrological Society Award

    Teacher: Kristine Stewart
    Category: Animal and Plant Sciences


    Grade/Class or Student:

    3 / Maverick Smart

    Crystallization Race
    SARSEF Grand Award: 1st Place

    Teacher: Kristine Stewart
    Category: Chemical Sciences


    Grade/Class or Student:

    4 / Teagan Cleary
    Tess Evans

    Does the Smell of Skittles Affect the Taste?
    SARSEF Grand Award: 2nd Place

    Teacher: Kristine Stewart
    Category: Animal and Plant Sciences


    Grade/Class or Student:

    4 / Ashton James Nebeker

    How Does Precipitation Affect Cactus Growth?
    SARSEF Grand Award: 3rd Place
    Groot Award for Excellence in Plant Science

    Teacher: Kristine Stewart
    Category: Animal and Plant Sciences


    Grade/Class or Student:

    6 / Brady Mau

    X Out My Eczema
    Innovation in Engineering Award

    Teacher: Kristine Stewart
    Category: Animal and Plant Sciences


    Grade/Class or Student:

    6 / Gabrielle Mireles

    Drowning Bees? Save Them Please!
    SARSEF Grand Award: 1st Place

    Teacher: Kristine Stewart
    Category: Animal and Plant Sciences

Marana High School

  • Student: Owen Crandall

    Parachutes: Does Size Matter?
    Best Use of International System of Units Award
    Naval Excellence in Science Research Award, $50 gift card

    Teacher: Timothy Fisher
    Category: Physics, Astronomy, and Mathematics


    Student: Nafratearie Kesterson

    Slime-tastic Activators: Glue Edition
    Most Outstanding Exhibit in Materials Science

    Teacher: Eva Toussaint
    Category: Chemical and Material Sciences


    Student: Owen Litz

    Surfing Through Spacetime: Modeling Gravitational Waves
    Astronomy Achievement Award for Middle School

    Teacher: Mark Calton
    Category: Physics, Astronomy, and Mathematics


    Student: Nick Scheier

    Dietary Origin of Dart Frog Toxicity
    Reptiles and Amphibians - research and conservation

    Teacher: Michele Livingston-LaVetter
    Category: Animal Sciences

Mountain View High School

  • Students: 
    Tammy Bui
    Shania Eazer

    Improving Neurogenesis: Could Nutrition Be the Solution?
    SARSEF Grand Award: 3rd Place
    Wonder of Wildlife

    Teacher: Lynne Cote
    Category: Animal Sciences


    Student: 
    Jasmine Scott Lawson

    Martian Potato vs Earthling Potato
    Outstanding Achievement in Ability and Creativity in an Atmospheric Science

    Teacher: Ms. Lynne Coté
    Category: Earth and Environmental Sciences


    Student: 
    Hannah List

    The Effect of Antioxidants on Staphylococcus Epidermis Bacteria
    SARSEF Grand Award: 3rd Place

    Teacher: Ms. Lynne Coté
    Category: Microbiology


    Student: 
    Joshua Miller

    Research in Total Knee Replacement Materials
    University of Arizona Material Science Award

    Teacher: Ms. Lynne Coté
    Category: Biochemical Science and Bioengineering


    Students: 
    Cassandra Nessinger
    Grace Ryan

    The aMAZEing Mouse Race
    SARSEF Grand Award: 2nd Place
    Spark Gap® Award

    Teacher: Ms. Lynne Coté
    Category: Behavioral and Social Sciences

Quail Run

  • Grade/Class or Student:

    4 / Class of 26

    Current Event: Resisting the Shock
    SARSEF Grand Award: 1st Place

    Teacher: Andrea Sera
    Category: Chemical Sciences


    Grade/Class or Student:

    4 / Class of 29

    It's Electric
    SARSEF Grand Award: 3rd Place

    Teacher: Jodi Mitchell
    Category: Physics, Astronomy, and Mathematics


    Grade/Class or Student:

    4 / Ellie Divijak
    Madison Divijak
    Rori Divijak

    Hot Lunch?!?
    SARSEF Grand Award: 2nd Place

    Teacher: Jodi Mitchell
    Category: Chemical Sciences


    Grade/Class or Student:

    5 / Matteus Cordova

    The Unspillable Cup
    SARSEF Grand Award: 3rd Place

    Teacher: Tricia Johnson
    Category: Engineering, Robotics and Computer Sciences


    Grade/Class or Student:

    5 / Dolciana Escobar

    Pedestrian Crossing
    SARSEF's Community Challenge

    Teacher: Tricia Johnson
    Category: Engineering, Robotics and Computer Sciences


    Grade/Class or Student:

    5 / Dayn McCormick-Sorensen

    Desk Chair Adapter
    SARSEF's Community Challenge

    Teacher: Tyson Caviness
    Category: Engineering, Robotics and Computer Sciences


    Grade/Class or Student:

    5 / Caleb Proctor

    Solar Charged Microphone
    Trophy of Greatness

    Teacher: Jessica Antonio
    Category: Engineering, Robotics and Computer Sciences


    Grade/Class or Student:

    6 / Madeline McCombs

    How Do You Keep a Pumpkin Fresh Longer?
    SARSEF Grand Award: 3rd Place
    Groot Award for Excellence in Plant Science

    Teacher: Beth DeWeerdt
    Category: Animal and Plant Sciences

Rattlesnake Ridge

  • Grade/Class or Student:

    2 / Wyatt Kalota

    What Are the Effects of Outdoor Light on Stargazing?
    Astronomy Achievement Award for Elementary School
    Excellence in Space Science
    First Place
    NASA Earth System Science Award

    Teacher: Sheila Beth Kalota
    Category: Physics, Astronomy, and Mathematics


    Grade/Class or Student:

    6 / Lila Witherspoon

    Plastic vs. Reusable
    Mary A. Cuddy Memorial Award for Excellence in Nutritional Science Research

    Teacher: Sheila Beth Kalota
    Category: Energy and Environmental Engineering

Thornydale

  • Grade/Class or Student:

    3 / Alexandria Campbell

    Are You Bready For Some Mold?
    SARSEF Grand Award: 3rd Place

    Teacher: Ms Samantha Piccuro
    Category: Earth and Environmental Sciences

Twin Peaks

  • Grade/Class or Student:

    5 / Kiliana Jones

    Want Fresh Bananas?
    SARSEF Grand Award: 1st Place

    Teacher: Monica Flores
    Category: Chemical Sciences


    Grade/Class or Student:

    6 / Rebecca Boyle

    Hibernation Determination
    Reptiles and Amphibians - research and conservation
    Sonoran Desert Discovery

    Teacher: Lorelei Barrett
    Category: Animal and Plant Sciences