MCSD Stem Fair Winners

Elementary, middle and high school students in Martin County recently competed in the 2023-2024 Martin County Regional Science and Engineering Fair, where their innovative ideas shined.


Students were awarded for their science or engineering projects in categories such as Plant Sciences, Robotics, Environmental Sciences, Systems Software and more. Secondary-level participants also competed for specialty awards, including the Yale Science and Engineering Association Award, the American Psychological Association Award and the United States Air Force Award. Students who competed in the specialty categories won more than $500 worth of prizes.


Nearly 200 students from more than 90 classes participated in this year’s Martin County District Elementary STEM Fair. Each participant received a buy-one-get-one ticket to the Children’s Museum of the Treasure Coast.


Palm City Elementary School’s Talis Brinn (Stop Right There Erosion!) was awarded the Florida Association of Science Teachers (FAST) STEM Fair award and received $25.


Port Salerno Elementary School was awarded Best Performing School.


More than 80 students submitted nearly 70 projects in the secondary competition. Sixteen Martin County School District secondary students earned a spot at the State Finals in April.


Congratulations to the following nominees:


Junior Division:

  • Sophia Gaspar-Loarca, Alexis Lloyd and Mila Hoistad: Ice Cream Time – Stuart Middle School

  • Brian Wang: Where are you, Vitamin C? – Hidden Oaks Middle School

  • Elliana Lovatt: St. Lucie Inlet Sand Deposition Continued – Stuart Middle School

  • Jack Saravese: Biomass Gas – Murray Middle School

  • Hannah Robbins: Solar Cooker – Hidden Oaks Middle School

  • Ethan Timmer and Matthew Jarrell: Aerodynamics of Airfoils in a Wind Tunnel – Stuart Middle School

  • Molly Moore: Will it Hold? – Stuart Middle School

  • Claire Rawlings: Electric v. Bass – Murray Middle School

  • Madeline Tuma: Lettuce Talk About Greenhouse – Hidden Oaks Middle School


Senior Division:

  • Nina Goyal, Martin County High School: Control of Fall Armyworm, a Global Pest, Using RNA interference and Antisense Oligonucleotides [Spodoptera frugiperda: Noctuidae: Lepidoptera]

  • Varun Signh, South Fork High School: A Novel Approach to Waste Recycling with Robotic Force Sensing and Image Processing using Deep Convolutional Neural Network

  • Aahan Asthana, South Fork High School: Uncovering: Seasonal Variation in Algal Growth

  • Nira Goyal, Martin County High School: A Review of the Use and Promotability of Mental Health Apps by Teenagers


Congratulations to all the Martin County School District scientists and engineers who participated in the Martin County Regional Science and Engineering Fair!


To view the winners of the elementary science and engineering fair, click here.


To view the winners of the secondary science and engineering fair, click here.


View photos from the awards ceremony held on February 22, 2024, here.


The 2023-2024 Martin County Regional Science and Engineering Fair was sponsored by the Education Foundation of Martin County. The EFMC was instrumental in the preparation and celebration of our wonderful Martin County Scientists and Engineers.