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2019 Science Fair winners

Grade K-3 CategoryScience Fair k-3

Overall Winner:

Wyatt Boothby - “Crystals: Salty & Sweet”


Project Winners:

Milo Gramkowski - “Fruit Batteries”

Leo Hashiguchi-Rosoff - “Launch for Leo”

Tessa Karakotsios - “It’s About Time”

Stella Ruyle/Jolene Qian - “Where Rubber Meets Road”


Honorable Mentions:

Kanako Hashiguchi-Rosoff - “Sink or Float”

Taylor Herteman - “Cool Crystals”

Grade 4-5 CategoryScience Fair 4-5

Overall Winner:

Aditya Hannon - “Which Battery Lasts the Longest”


Project Winners:

Naomie Barbier - “SPF Levels”

Marco Grossman - “Is Wi-Fi Radiation Safe? You Be The Judge”

Shino Hashiguchi-Rosoff - “Taste of Persuasion”

Patrick Ray - “What Are The Odds?”


Honorable Mentions:

Shannon Conlon - “Welcome To The Future”

Jazzelyn Phillips - “Battle of the Senses”

Leo Yan - “Does My Hamster Like Sunflower Seeds the Best?”

Science Fair

Science Fair 2020

The Science Fair is OPEN to the public from 1:00pm to 3:00pm.  If you are a participant please arrive at 11:30am for judging.  

Science Entry forms are due ASAP.

Science Board and Journals are due to the office by January 10th.

Science Fair is January 18th at Scotts Valley High School.

The Science Fair Formats

Learn and Explain

In this format, the judges look at the student project, but it is not “judged” - meaning, the student does not participate in the interview and is not eligible to go on to the county science fair. “Learn and Explain” is perfect for the student who wants to participate in the fair but does not want the pressure of being judged. Also, there is no required hypothesis to challenge. It is just how it sounds - the student learns something and then explains it!

Required elements for Learn and Explain:

  • Background:  Provide information about the scientific concept you are exploring.
  • Procedure:  List materials and describe how you explored your idea.  This could be a model, a survey, artwork, or other ways of presenting your concept.
  • Observations:  Describe what happened when you tested your concept or built your model.
  • Conclusion: Describe what you learned from this project and how it could be used in real life.  Discuss any problems you encountered and how you overcame them.


Scientific Experiment


Projects that are “Scientific Experiment” entries have the option of being judged.  The top 10 of the judged projects will represent Vine Hill at the Santa Cruz County Science Fair.


Required elements for Scientific Experiment:

·          Introduction

  • Purpose:  Explain what you are trying to prove or why you are doing the experiment. Include what you know or discuss something you learned about the topic by doing some background research.
  • Investigative Question: What do you want to know?
  • Hypothesis:  Explain what you think will happen in the experiment and why. 

·          Procedure

  • Materials: Make a list (with exact amounts if possible).
  • Method:  Explain how the experiment is set up, and the steps you took to perform the experiment.

·          Data:  Describe or show observations and display actual measurements (in graphs, tables, photos, etc). The judges are interested in your data organized neatly in a graph.

·          Results: Summarize your test results and explain how the results pertain to the objectives or purpose.

·          Conclusion:  Discuss how the results support (or don’t support) your hypothesis. Discuss possibilities for errors, how the experiment could be improved, future possible steps, and real life applications.

·          Bibliography: List all websites, books, or other sources that you used to do this experiment.


Important: If students wish to take part in the judging, they must meet the following criteria:

  • Follow the “Scientific Experiment” format
  • Maintain a lab notebook that contains everything from initial ideas, to experiment, to conclusions.
  • There must be no more than 3 participants for the project.
  • Project participants should try to attend the Santa Cruz County Science Fair in March.
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16th Annual Vine Hill Science & Engineering Fair

The 16th Annual Vine Hill Science & Engineering Fair was held on Saturday, January 26th. A fun time was had by the many families who attended this wonderful community event held at the Scotts Valley High School.

Great job to ALL the students who did science fair projects this year. Vine Hill has so many bright and inquisitive minds! Keep on observing and having fun with science at home. A team of 12 teachers, parents, and high school students volunteered their Saturday morning to serve as judges and helped our students feel value in their hard work. Thank you to teachers Dirk Andrews, Katie Jesse, Hannah Walsh and Lisa Wilmoth, parents/community members Glenn Alers, Tammy Arghavani, Vicki Boriack and Jacob Rosoff and SVHS students Rianna Alers, Ryan Beam, Shannon Lussier and Juwan Tapang.

We want to thank and acknowledge the other organizations who brought activities to our science fair and helped make it a success - Brainstorm Science, Challenge Island, Code Naturally and Mathnasium of Scotts Valley. Thanks also goes out to Starbucks on Scotts Valley Drive for donating coffee to the judges and the bake sale.

Congratulations to the project winners who will represent Vine Hill at the Santa Cruz County Science Fair on March 2nd!