Charlotte Adams participated in the 2017 Southwest Ohio Science and Engineering Expo as an 8th grader from Walnut Hills High School in Cincinnati. Charlotte received a $1,000 Biomedical Engineering Scholarship from the University of Cincinnati and a $150 SPIE-International Society for Optics and Photonics Award. Charlotte qualified for State Science Day and Broadcom Masters. In addition, Charlotte is the only student from District 11 to be chosen as one of the Top 300 Broadcom Masters’ semifinalists out of 6,000 nominations. Below is the link to the list of the Top 300 Masters List and Charlotte’s project abstract.


Project Title: Reflected Ultraviolet Radiation Exposure in Athletes

Abstract: Ultraviolet (UV) radiation harms skin causing deadly skin cancer, however many athletes fail to use sun safe practices. No studies have examined the potential threat of a “second sun” created by UV radiation reflected off different outdoor playing surfaces. Aim: This study hypothesized that athletic surfaces would reflect UV radiation and that this UV radiation would be greatest at lower heights and from smooth light-colored surfaces. Methods: To evaluate this hypothesis, UVA and UVB radiation and reflected UV radiation were measured with UV dosimeters on different outdoor playing surfaces at various heights. Results: All surfaces reflected UVA radiation (0.4 - 8% of direct UVA exposure), while only the smooth and light-colored playing surfaces (clay court, light asphalt, and concrete) reflected any UVB radiation (5 - 8%) and only at the lowest measured height. The amount of reflected UVA radiation did not change across heights comparable to typical human stature, but varied between surfaces. Light-colored and/or smooth playing surfaces including concrete, infield dirt, and clay and green courts reflected the most UVA radiation. The lightest-colored and smoothest surface, the spectator stands, reflected by far the most UV radiation, with 22 times the rate of UVA reflection of the least reflective surface, brown turf. Conclusion: Reflected UV radiation threatens outdoor athletes and spectators. Tennis players, infield baseball and softball players, those who play on concrete surfaces, and coaches and others in the stands are at greatest risk and should be particularly vigilant with sun safety.


Kayla Reidy participated in the 2017 Southwest Ohio Science and Engineering Expo as an 8th grader from Walnut Hills High School in Cincinnati. Kayla received a $1,000 Darl McDaniel Scholarship in Chemistry from the University of Cincinnati’s Department of Chemistry and qualified for both State Science Day and the Top 300 Broadcom Masters. Kayla appeared on Cincinnati’s Fox News 19 with Rick Shook of Pilot Chemical to speak about her project.

Project Title: Peanut Residue

Abstract: This project tested to see what cleaning product is best to remove peanut residue and if different surface materials have an effect. I thought that between Clorox Wipes, Baby Wipes, Clorox Spray, water, a dry paper towel, Dish Soap, and a vinegar and water mix, that Clorox Wipes would leave behind the least amount of peanut residue. I also thought that Formica would be the best surface between textured hardwood, smooth hardwood, vinyl, and Formica. In order to test this I had to email a company to ask them if they would donate some of their testing products to me, which I used to see how much peanut residue was remaining after I cleaned the peanut butter off of the surface with the cleaning product. Clorox Wipes were the most effective cleaning product and the textured hardwood was the best surface material. This was a relevant topic because there are many people with peanut allergies and it is beneficial for schools, restaurants, day cares, and homes that have people with peanut allergies to know what product to use when cleaning an area that has peanut oil or residue so as to prevent allergic reactions.


The following are the 2017 Buckeye Science and Engineering Fair (BSEF) Finalists from District 11 selected to compete in the 2017 The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF):

Aaron and Benjamin Charnay, Sycamore High School, Cincinnati

Maanasa Mendu, William Mason High School, Mason


At ISEF, Aaron and Benjamin Charnay’s project, The Feasibility of Using Bamboo as a Source of Ethanol for Fuel, was awarded $500 in the Energy: Chemical Catorgory.