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De La Salle Sophomores Excel at Science and Engineering Fair


Concord, Calif., – The pursuit of science and engineering continues during a global pandemic, while young people continue to be engaged in innovation. In 2021, the Contra Costa County Science and Engineering Fair (CCCSEF) was reconfigured as a virtual event, as 16 sophomore students from De La Salle submitted projects to the competition.

This year, De La Salle AP Biology students were able to buckle down and complete research projects with about 50 percent working exclusively at home and 50 percent utilizing STREAM Lab 512 on Flex Days and weekends, following COVID-19 guidelines. Projects ranged from computer modeling of nerve poisons and pharmaceutical interactions to the metrics and origin determination of micrometeorites that landed on a student's roof.  

Over 100 students in our county submitted a digital tri-fold, a two-minute video, and PDFs of their abstract and research paper for the competition while participating in Zoom interviews with local scientists and engineers took place on March 12th. De La Salle students (all sophomores) were judged in the same division as elite juniors and seniors from other area schools, and all 16 Spartans who submitted projects placed in the top three for their category. 

The De La Salle AP Biology group amassed four first-place distinctions, five second places, three third places, and four special awards from government agencies and corporations. Five De La Salle students (four projects) qualified to participate in the California State Science Fair (also a virtual event) on April 12 and 13, 2021. This is the 21st consecutive year that De La Salle has sent county-appointed sophomores to the most prestigious Science Competition in California. 

De La Salle students Daniel Berkes, James Christensen, Issac De Rosas, Rolando Sanchez, and David Wright, received first place honors, and the projects submitted by these five Spartans are four of the 18 from Contra Costa County that qualified for the 2021 California Science and Engineering Fair.  

Click on the project title links to see each project’s digital tri-fold, video, and research paper.

The following De La Salle Students had first place submissions:

The following De La Salle students had second-place submissions:

The following De La Salle students had third place submissions: 

This De La Salle Research Program began in the Fall of 2000 to promote STEM interest, STEM excellence, and preparation for college and career. That tradition continues in the year 2021.


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