2 Northside students win medals at International Science Fairs

June 3, 2015

Two NISD students won medals at two international science fair competitions last month.

International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) in Pittsburgh

At the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) in Pittsburgh, Christopher Botello from the Jay Science and Engineering Academy placed fourth with his project, “The Efficient Use of On‐Demand Cooling on Solar Panels to Increase Power and Revenue.”

Also competing were Akash Srichandan from Health Careers High School, and Changxiao Xie from Brandeis High School.

Pictured is Brandeis High School junior Changxiao Xie with his project.

ISEF is the world’s largest international pre-college science competition. Approximately 1,700 high school students from over 75 countries, regions, and territories competed for approximately $4 million in prizes.

International Sustainable World Energy, Engineering and Environment (I-SWEEP) Project

At I-SWEEP competition in Houston, Alex Doyle from the Jay Science and Engineering Academy won a gold medal and $750 cash prize in Engineering for his project, “Saving Lives with Improved Field-Level Treatment of Hypothermia: Year 3.”

Christopher Botello won a $2,000 college scholarship, $400 cash prize, and silver medal in Energy for his project, “The Efficient Use of On‐Demand Cooling on Solar Panels to Increase Power and Revenue.”

This year’s competition featured 427 projects from 67 countries with nearly 600 high school students and 300 teachers in attendance. Students were selected to compete at I-SWEEEP by winning a top prize at state or national science fairs.

Exxon Mobil Texas Science and Engineering Fair

After advancing to state competition from the regional level, four Northside students won awards at the Exxon Mobil Texas Science and Engineering Fair in San Antonio.

Botello earned a First Grand Prize, Srichandan earned a Second Grand Prize, and Xie won third place.

In the junior division, Stinson Middle School eighth grader Natalie Munoz won second place with her project, “Antibiotics in the Soil.”