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Friday, 14 March, 2014 4:17 PM

Toyota Supports 2014 Science And Engineering Fair of Metropolitan Detroit

Tri-County Schools Competition Celebrates 57th Year of Educational Excellence

Graphic credit: Science & Engineering Fair of Metro Detroit

Local Senior Grand Award winners will advance to the International Science & Engineering Fair in Los Angeles.



DETROIT – Toyota will serve as a major sponsor of the upcoming 2014 Science and Engineering Fair of Metropolitan Detroit (SEFMD), an annual competition which honors some of the brightest young minds in the tri-county area.

Celebrating its 57th year, the SEFMD will be held March 11-15 at Cobo Center in downtown Detroit. The event features hundreds of innovative projects from students in the 6th through 12th grades, representing Wayne, Macomb and Oakland counties.

High school-aged students will be vying for a variety of individual and team awards, including local college scholarships for the top-six individual and top team entrants in the senior division.

This year, 1,569 students from 140 public, private and home schools will participate in the SEFMD. Of this total, about 55 percent of the contestants are female and more than 30 percent of all entrants are from Detroit Public Schools (DPS).

Dave Baxter, Executive Administrator at the Ann Arbor-based Toyota Technical Center, and an SEFMD board member, said this competition often steers students toward their career paths.

“These students represent the engineers, scientists and physicians of the future,” Baxter said. “Many of our own Toyota engineers have enduring memories of similar science fairs during their formative years. Many of them point to these events as impacting their collegiate and professional pursuits.”


The Science and Engineering Fair of Metropolitan Detroit (SEFMD), in its 57th year of operation, is a non-profit organization established to give students in the tri-county area (Wayne, Oakland, Macomb counties) an opportunity to develop and exhibit science fair projects.

The competition is separated into two groups - junior division (6th, 7th and 8th grades) and senior division (9th - 12th grades). Students are judged within their respective categories (total of 13 categories based on scientific discipline). Up to six students (limit of one student per school in the senior division) and one team project (two or three students) may be selected to participate in the 2014 International Science and Engineering Fair.

The SEFMD is administered by a Board of Directors and the operations of the Fair are managed by an Operating Council. Both groups meet regularly to plan for the Fair. All members of the Board and the Operating Council are volunteers who give generously of their time, money and other resources. In addition, more than 500 people volunteer their time during the week of the Fair, including judging work, checking in projects, and assisting with public viewing and project removal.

About Toyota

Toyota, the world’s top automaker and creator of the Prius, is committed to building vehicles for the way people live through our Toyota, Lexus and Scion brands. Over the past 50 years, we’ve built more than 25 million cars and trucks in North America, where we operate 14 manufacturing plants (10 in the U.S.) and directly employ nearly 40,000 people (more than 37,000 in the U.S.). Our 1,800 North American dealerships sold more than 2.23 million cars and trucks in 2013 – and about 80 percent of all Toyota vehicles sold over the past 20 years are still on the road today.

Toyota partners with philanthropic organizations across the country, with a focus on education, safety and the environment. As part of this commitment, we share the company’s extensive know-how garnered from building great cars and trucks to help community organizations and other nonprofits expand their ability to do good. (NYSE: TM)

For more information about the Science and Engineering Fair of Metro Detroit, visit

Source: Toyota


2014 Senior Division ISEF Finalists

Andrew Lekarczyk with Sam Ilkka
Project: The Utilization of Bioluminescence for the Diagnosis of AD & Related Tauopathies
Category: Biochemistry (Team)
Grade: 11
School: University of Detroit Jesuit High School
Teacher: Priscilla Oshikiri

Nadim Bari
Project: Enhancing Target Efficiency of a Laser By the Integration of a Stabilization S
Category: Engineering
Grade: 12
School: Cass Technical High School
Teacher: Nathaniel Lewis

Madhurima Das
Project: Cancerous Tumor Identification from MRI Image Analysis
Category: Mathematics
Grade: 12
School: Plymouth High School
Teacher: Karen Ludema

Vipul Nandigala
Project: An Application of Dean's Flow in Spiral Micro Channels for Particle Separation
Category: Physics
Grade: 11
School: Walled Lake Western High
Teacher: Thomas Saloka

Michael Shao
Project: Toward Understanding the Neural Circuitry Regulating Cold Sensation in C. eleg
Category: Zoology
Grade: 11
School: Detroit Country Day Upper
Teacher: Gene Menton

Daniel Jin
Project: Electronic Anti-Counterfeit Protection Using a Pseudorandom Binary Sequence
Category: Engineering
Grade: 11
School: Rochester Adams High School
Teacher: Eric Lohr

Anirudh Sridhar
Project: Increased Efficiency in Tip-Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy (TERS)
Category: Physics
Grade: 12
School: International Academy-East Campus
Teacher: David Lyons

2014 Junior Division Grand Awards

Hiba Huseini, with Eman Azrak and Danya Obeid
Project: Shark Shock
Category: Team Project
Grade: 8
School: Huda School & Montessori
Teacher: David Egan

Arushi Arora
Project: Colloidal Silver to the Rescue!
Category: Microbiology
Grade: 8
School: Novi Middle School
Teacher: Greg Durham

Avery Burch
Project: The Mathematics in Tsunami
Category: Mathematics
Grade: 6
School: Ann Arbor Trail Magnet School
Teacher: Valerie Booker-Bryant

Kaliyah Gunter
Project: Birds and Color Configuration
Category: Behavioral/SocialSciences
Grade: 6
School: Paul Robeson Malcolm X Academy
Teacher: Rosemary Amene

Jayna Jones
Project: Potatoes, Kale and Beets: A Recipe for Winter Roads
Category: Chemistry
Grade: 7
School: Thurgood Marshall Elementary
Teacher: Krystal Bolar

Eivette Martinez
Project: Using Daphnia to Monitor Water Toxicity
Category: Environmental Sciences
Grade: 7
School: Gompers Elementary-Middle
Teacher: Derek Sale

Matthew Milez
Project: Soundproofing
Category: Physics
Grade: 6
School: Macomb Math, Science and Technology Center - Middle School
Teacher: Tari Michaelson

Mitchell Morris
Project: The Effect of Buildings on GPS Accuracy
Category: Engineering
Grade: 7
School: Our Lady of Good Counsel Middle School
Teacher: Terry Zimmerman

Ryan Thomas
Project: Hydraulic Fracturing and the Potential Effect on Water Aquifers
Category: Earth and Space Sciences
Grade: 8
School: Ivan Ludington Magnet Middle
Teacher: Denise Wallace Hytower

Source: Science and Engineering Fair of Metro Detroit






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