Stratford Middle School wins Outstanding School of the Year award

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Stratford Middle School wins Outstanding School of the Year award plus 52 student and teacher awards at the Synopsys Science & Technology Championship 2015. Stratford students will become our future scientists, technology experts, engineers, and mathematicians.

Stratford Private School
We are all very proud of our student, teacher, and school achievements.

Stratford Middle School today announced it won Outstanding School of the Year award plus 52 student and teacher awards at the Synopsys Science & Technology Championship held on Wednesday, March 11, 2015 at the San Jose Convention Center in San Jose, California.

“The annual Synopsys Championship showcases students (…) who will become our future scientists, technology experts, engineers, and mathematicians.” – ScienceFair.org. This regional competition celebrates achievements by Stratford Middle School students who have worked independently or in teams to address questions in the fields of Computer Science, Environmental Science, Medicine & Health, Chemistry, Biology, and more. 500 category and specialty judges chose the winning projects, and issued school and teacher awards to those who showed exceptional mentorship and instruction throughout the Championship. Awards were announced on March 29, 2015 at the Heritage Theatre in Campbell, California.

Stratford Middle School, Santa Clara - won Outstanding School of the Year award at the Synopsys Science & Technology Championship 2015.

1st Place Student Awards:

  • Parin Patel: Catching the Wave, Physics
  • Tanvi Gaitonde: Effect of Third Hand Nicotine on Daphnia Magna, Zoology
  • Siddarth Ganesan: Wireless Power Transfer – The Effect of Changing the Diameter on the Power Transferred, Physics
  • Ishani Narwankar: California Water Crisis: Landfill Trash… To The Rescue!, Botany
  • Vineet Ranade: The Sweet Spot, Physics

Additional Student Awards:

  • 2nd Place: 9
  • Honorable Mentions: 4

Teacher Awards:

  • Martin Weidemann: Outstanding Teacher of the Year
  • Greg Lampard: Most Promising New Teacher

Stratford Middle School, San Jose

1st Place Student Awards:

  • Jared Aidan Lyon: The Effect of Parachute Shape and Venting on Parachute Performance, Physics
  • Korrie Han: Yogurt Power – can it help with lactose intolerance?, Medicine & Health

Additional Student Awards:

  • 2nd Place: 2
  • 3rd Place: 1
  • Honorable Mentions: 5

Stratford Middle School, Fremont

1st Place Student Awards:

  • Aarush Kapur: Affects of Distractions While Driving, Behavioral Sciences
  • Shreya Ramachandran: Effects of Soap Nuts on Environment, Chemistry
  • Rohit Jammula: Comparing the Effects of Supplements on E. Coli, Biology
  • Shreya Kumar: Effect of Bilingualism on Problem Solving, Short-Term Memory, and Academic Success in Young Children, Behavioral Sciences

Additional Student Awards:

  • 2nd Place: 7
  • 3rd Place: 8
  • Honorable Mentions: 2

Teacher Award:

  • Anu Toutem: Outstanding Teacher of the Year

"We are all very proud of our student, teacher, and school achievements. I am proud to belong to Stratford School." - Anu Toutem, Geometry, Algebra, and Science Teacher, Stratford Middle School, Fremont.

Aalok P., from Stratford Middle School, San Jose engineered a self-balancing bicycle with the goal of meeting three criteria. The bicycle must: 1) be self-balanced at rest, 2) self-correct its balance from an off-balanced position, and 3) stand itself back up from a fallen position. The bicycle was engineered with a weighted pendulum which allowed it be self-balanced at rest. To re-balance the bicycle from an off-balanced position, an NXT Intelligent Brick operated a motor which swung the pendulum according to its center of gravity. To stand itself back up from a fallen position the pendulum would swing its weighted end to further shift the bike's center of gravity. The pendulum was measured to use the minimum amount of weight necessary to shift the bicycle up from a fallen position and also minimize the effect on the bike's balance while at rest.

About Stratford Middle School
Stratford Middle School is an independent private school founded on the belief that education is a significant influence in the life of a child. Stratford offers an accelerated curriculum particularly in the areas of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) that incorporates music, physical education, and social skills development. Stratford’s goal is to prepare and mentor students for admission to private high schools and colleges or advanced placement in public schools. All students are provided the necessary tools to excel, and are encouraged to actively participate in leadership, community service, and extracurricular activities.

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