Fifty students from Riverside County have advanced to the California State Fair. For the first time, Notre Dame High School will be represented by freshman Shayle Gupta whose cancer fighting project was awarded a Gold Medal in the senior category.

Riverside, CA (PRWEB) May 04, 2016

A total of 72 Riverside County students received gold medals at the 34th annual Inland Science and Engineering Fair held April 5-6 in Riverside. Fifty gold medal recipients will advance to the state Science Fair to be held May 23-24 at the California Science Center in Los Angeles. Just over 800 total projects were judged on their scientific merit as a true showcase of student innovation: robots, prototypes, tools to help fight climate change and cancer – all researched, built, and designed by the next generation of America's scientists and innovators.

The top science, technology, engineering and math students from across the inland four counties of San Bernardino, Inyo, Mono and Riverside aimed to show the judges how they are going to change the future of the world.

The road to the upcoming California State Science Fair starts in middle and high schools all around the state. Students compete to advance from their school-level fairs to a regional fair, and then to the statewide event. Notre Dame High School will be represented for the first time at this year’s state science fair. The private high school with a strong STEM focus is a private high school in Riverside and participated in the regional fair for the first time this year. Shayle Gupta, a freshman, competed in the senior category with his project, “In Search of the Ideal Protection for Humans from Physiologic Burns: Analysis of Ultraviolet Radiation Protective Agents.” The Notre Dame student was identified as having “great confidence in communicating and a strong ability to have ease” with his “very advanced” material. Gupta reports that his motivation for this project came from both scientific curiosity as well as a personal tragedy of having his grandmother pass away from cancer. He was supported by the science and technology faculty at Notre Dame High School and by Principal Matt Luttringer who allowed him to attend the science fair so that he could compete against over 800 students. Shayle was awarded the Gold medal in his senior category and will be part of the team representing Riverside later this month in Los Angeles.

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As the medals were presented at the Fox Theater on last month, Riverside County Office of Education officials said, “It is very reassuring to talk with science fair students and judge their projects—these kids are bright, inquisitive, and creative and are developing real aptitude for science."

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