The Cupertino Library Foundation (CLF) awarded its winners for the fifth annual S^4-Super Summer Science Search Contest for Cupertino Union School District (CUSD) middle school students in a ceremony. About 100 students, parents and guests cheered on students representing the top 16 contest entries, covering a wide array of topics, from reducing hypertension to eliminating auto pollution. Many of the gadgets, experiments and ideas created by students were on display in Cupertino Community Hall.
The winners of this year’s contest are:
- 1st Place: Aryia Dattamajumdar, 8th grade, Cupertino Middle School, Hypertension Without the Tension
- 2nd Place: Udbhav Venkataramen, 8th grade, Kennedy Middle School, Sleep Waves
- 3rd Place: Alan Shi, 8th grade, Kennedy Middle School, Sound Power
For the 2016 contest the task force made up of high school leaders and adults created a new prompt that encouraged students to come up with their own creative scientific solutions for issues facing U.S. cities. Students were asked to choose a city to research, pick an issue facing that city and come up with a scientific solution.
There was no cost to enter the contest. The first place winner received an iPad mini. Second place received $100, and third place received $50. A generous grant from the Peter Likhachev Foundation enriched the 2016 S^4 program for the third year in a row.