History of the Alaska Science & Engineering Fair

The Alaska Science and Engineering Fair (ASEF) has hosted 58 Alaska Statewide science fairs as of March 2013.

**2013 "Sink Your Teeth Into Science** Event

The 58th Alaska Science and Engineering Fair and COSEE Ocean Science Fair were held at East High School in Anchorage, Alaska, March 22-24, 2013. This fair brought together 386 students from 32 Alaskan communities to show their projects. Thanks go to all of the parents, teachers, mentors, sponsors, and over 100 volunteers who made the Alaska Science & Engineering Fair a success. Most of all, we thank the students who shared their hard work, ideas, and brilliance.

Sunday's awards ceremony opened with a keynote by the Alaska Sea Life Center's Laurie Morrow. Laurie showed the students how adult scientists conduct scaled-up versions of science projects, such as the studies being carried out now on walrus that have recently begun hauling out on shore. She closed her talk with a crowd-pleasing video of a baby octopus swimming in a tank at the Sea Life Center in Seward.

The following 2013 senior high finalists will compete in the Intel International Science Fair in Phoenix, Arizona in May:

  • First place, Stephen Kranich, with "Assessing the Magnocellular Theory of the Flash-Lag Effect and Dyslexia"
  • Second place, the team project of Taylor Seitz and Chelsea Parrocha, with "Potential Lateral Flow Test Design for the Detection of Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning"

2013Finalists

2013 Finalists Stephen Kranich, Taylor Seitz, and Chelsea Parrocha

 

**2012 "Science Star" Event Brought Out Alaska's Student Superstars**

The 57th Alaska Science and Engineering Fair and COSEE Ocean Science Fair were held at East High School in Anchorage, Alaska, March 23-25, 2012

The 2012 Alaska Science and Engineering Fair brought well over 400 individual and team projects from schools throughout Alaska. Many of these projects were co-entered in the COSEE Ocean Science Fair.

The Awards Ceremony opened with Greg Durscher of the USGS and the Chugach Gem and Mineral Society speaking about the importance of studying, communication, and finding something you're passionately interested in and learning more about it. He wanted the students to know that you can take your interest and turn it into your life's work, your life's recreation, or both.

Senior High Grand Award winners for 2012 were:

  • First place, Stephen Kranich with "Quantifying Human Compensation for Visual Processing Lag"
  • Second place, the team project of Taylor Seitz and Alisa Aist with "Intertidal Invertebrates and Their Nutritional Values"
  • Student Observer, Remy Libbrecht with "Comparing the Consistency of Ultrasonic and Infrared Sensors"

These students were invited to the international ISEF competition in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in May 2012. Many thanks go to our 2012 sponsors for making the event and the winners' travel possible.

**2011 "Science Rocks" Event a Record Breaker!**

The 56th Alaska Science and Engineering Fair and the COSEE Ocean Science Fair were held at Begich Middle School in Anchorage, Alaska, March 18-20, 2011.

A record-breaking 513 individual and team projects entered the "Science Rocks" 2011 Alaska Science and Engineering Fair. Over 600 students participated, representing over 70 schools throughout Alaska. Approximately 40 projects co-entered in the COSEE Ocean Science Fair.

The Awards Ceremony opened with Senator Mark Begich giving words of encouragement, followed by keynote speaker Dr. Travis Rector of UAA's Department of Physics and Astronomy speaking of the search for supernovae.

Senior High Grand Award winners were:

  • First place, Sophia Meyers with "Possible Applications of Superorder Selachimorpha (shark) Characteristics in the Marine Industry"
  • Second place, Noah Betzen with "The Effects of Calcium Carbonate on Ocean Acidification"
  • Third place, the team project of Nicole Emanuel and Marie Gotti with "Analyzing Protein Content in Common Vegetarian Meat Substitutes".

These students went on to the international ISEF competition in Los Angeles, California. Many thanks go to our 2011 sponsors for making the event and the winners' travel possible.

 

We thank our sponsors

  • BP Exploration (Alaska) Inc.

  • Anchorage School District

  • Chugach Gem and Mineral Society
  • ConocoPhillips, Alaska, Inc
  • Society of Petroleum Engineers - Alaska Section
  • Teck

  • CRW Engineering Group, LLC
  • Doyon Emerald
  • HDR Alaska
  • IEEE
  • Schlumberger
  • QSA Global

  • Alaska Anvil
  • Midnight Sun Section A.I.H.A.
  • SLR International

  • AMC Engineers
  • Alaska Resource Education
  • BELL and Associates
  • Bureau of Land Management Alaska: Campbell Creek Science Center
  • Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Alaska - Odom Corporation
  • Coffman Engineers
  • Crowley
  • DOWL HKM
  • Dona Agosti
  • Durocher, Greg
  • Great Harvest Bread
  • Lynden International
  • MWH
  • Nalco Energy Services
  • PND Engineers, Inc.
  • Pioneer Marketing and Management
  • R&M Consultants, Inc.
  • SGS Environmental
  • Stellar Designs
  • Tastee Freez
  • Tesoro Alaska Company
  • Ukpeaġvik Iñupiat Corporation UMIAQ
  • USKH