National American Indian Virtual Science and Engineering Fair
AISES is hosting its second virtual science and engineering fair this spring! The National American Indian Virtual Science and Engineering Fair (NAIVSEF) is a Society for Science and the Public (SSP) affiliated science fair and as such is part of the larger SSP fair network. The NAIVSEF differs from other SSP-affiliated fairs in that it is a “Virtual Science Fair”. Unlike live fairs, virtual fairs do not require travel as the fair and judging are conducted online and via teleconference calls.
Participants submit their projects as videos and slideshows online. Last year’s winning entries can be viewed here: http://www.aises.org/programs/pre-college AISES awards cash prizes to senior and junior division winners and also pays the travel and registration fees for the Senior Division Grand Award winners and their sponsors to attend the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (this year being held in Pittsburgh, PA).
AISES permits students from 5th-12th grades to participate in its NAIVSEF event. There are two categories for entrants, Senior Division (defined as grades 9-12) and Junior Division (defined as grades 5-8). Per ISEF rules, only high school students (grades 9-12) may go on to participate in the ISEF. Each division has its own timeline. Fair days (the dates teleconference interview calls are held) for Senior Division are March 28-29, 2015, whereas, fair days for Junior Division are April 25-26, 2015.
NAIVSEF projects may be submitted by individual students or teams of up to two students. Students must either be an AISES Pre-College member or a student attending an AISES Pre-College Affiliate School to participate.
The Virtual Science and Engineering Fair was such a success, it was rewarded by the Society for Science and the Public and for the Intel ISEF 2015--specifically on the projects from the fair and any interaction that they had with the SRC. Acknowledgement was made of the excellent job in adhering to the International Rules and in providing the proper documentation in the initial submission of the project paperwork.
The 2015 winners were:
Grand Award Winners (all-expense paid trip to Intel ISEF in Pittsburg, PA):
1stPlace: Gabe Lah, Ojibwe, Cloquet, MN and Evan Pokornowski Ojibwe, Cloquet, MN
Check out Gabe and Evan's project- video link & slideshow link
2nd Place: McKalee Steen, Cherokee, Grove, OK
Check out McKalee's project- video link & slideshow link
3rd Place: Aisha Cacique, Grand Portage, Minneapolis, MN
Check out Aisha's project- video link & slideshow link
Runner-up: Grant Two Bulls, Oglala Sioux Tribe, Minneapolis, MN
Check out Grant's project- video link & slideshow link
Senior Division- Life Sciences Class:
1st Place: McKalee Steen, Grove High School, Grade 12, Cherokee, Grove, OK
2nd Place: Aisha Cacique, Nawayee Center School, Grade 12, Grand Portage, Minneapolis, MN
3rd Place: Grant Two Bulls, Breck School, Grade 12, Oglala Sioux Tribe, Minneapolis, MN
Senior Division- Math & Engineering Class:
1st Place: Gabe Lah and Evan Pokornowski, Cloquet Senior High School, Grade 10, Ojibwe, Cloquet, MN
2nd Place: Hayden Randall, Taos High School, Grade 11, Kiowa, Taos, NM
3rd Place: Kelly Charley, Navajo Preparatory School, Grade 10,Navajo, Teec Nos Pos, AZ
Special Award Winners:
Galaitsis Family Special Award – Senior Division: Gabe Lah and Evan Pokornowski, Ojibwe, Cloquet, MN
NAIVSEF Junior Division 2015 Winners
1st Place: Randa Shaw, The Villages Charter School, Grade 8, Choctaw, Bushnell, FL
2nd Place: Noel Redding, Cloquet Middle School, Grade 7, Fond du Lac Band of Ojibwe and Gabby Laubach, Cloquet, MN
3rd Place: Isabella Roy, Cloquet Middle School, Grade 7, Fond du Lac Ojibwe, Cloquet, MN
Special Award Winner:
Galaitsis Family Special Award – Junior Division: Randa Shaw, Choctaw, Bushnell, FL