Grades 6-12

March 8-9 2019

The Lockheed Martin Science Challenge provides an intermediate event between county science fairs and the state science fair. It operates under the International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) rules.

Only students who have won first-place in their county science fairs’ physical science competitions are invited to compete in the Lockheed Martin Science Challenge. Participating counties are: Brevard, Lake, Marion, Orange, Osceola, Polk, Seminole, Sumter and Volusia.


Best in Fair – Physical Science Award

The Science Center Sponsors an award of “Best in Fair – Physical Sciences” in the Science and Engineering Fairs for the nine surrounding counties (Brevard, Lake, Marion, Orange, Osceola, Polk, Seminole, Sumter and Volusia). The categories included are: Chemistry, Computer Science, Earth & Planetary Science, Engineering, Mathematical Sciences, and Physics and Astronomy.

This award for both juniors and seniors (two awards) is an annual family membership to the Science Center. The Best in Fair Physical Science Award is presented to the best Junior and Senior project in the Lockheed Martin Science Challenge categories, to be judged by each Fair’s judges under standard ISEF rules and criteria. The award is given out at the awards ceremony by each Fair Director.

We will send County Fair Directors a packet to hand out, which the winners can then redeem at the Orlando Science Center for the annual Family Membership. The Membership will run one year from the time of redemption. Each Fair Director is responsible for judging and presentation of awards. The Science Center is not available to send judges or participate in the award ceremony – only acknowledgement of Orlando Science Center during the ceremony is desired.


2018 Winners

Best in Fair Scholarship Winner

Samuel Baker and Gabriel DeGaglia
“Producing Activated Carbon Via Pyrolysis of Compost (Year 2)”


Teacher Award

Dr. Josue Urbina – Crooms Academy of Information Technology


Junior Category Awards

Chemistry – Varsha Naga
“What is the Most Efficient Biofuel When Comparing Biofuel Derived from Algae, Vegetable Oil, and Plastics?”

Biochemistry – Sofia Ahumada
“Effects of Neuromodulators on Chemotaxis in the Planaria dugesia tigrina”

Environmental Science – Josh Briley
“Evaluating Methods of Transplanting Zooxanthellae to Enhance the Recovery of Bleached Anemones, Condylactis gigantean”

Environmental Engineering – Lavanya Natarajan
“Diaper Under the Landfill”

Engineering – Carl Critchfield
“Airfoil Design: Increasing Stall Angle and Reducing Drag”

Mathematics and Computational Science – Hannah Chester
“Simulating a Strange Star in Octave Programming Platform”

Intelligent Machines, Robotics, and Systems Software – Deepika Kanan
“Li-fi Versus Wi-fi: Factors Affecting Data Transmission Across Electromagnetic Spectra”

Physics and Astronomy – Grant P. Parker
“Directed Radiation Through Magnetic Control”


Senior Category Awards:

Chemistry – Calista Foo
“Optimizing Bioceramic Bone Therapy Using Trace Elements Modeling”

Biochemistry – Taeseung Um
“The Gel of the Future: The Extraction and Creation Polyethylene Degrading Bacteria Gel”

Environmental Science – Kyle Bramblett
“Designing an Improved Method of Shellfish Restoration: Increasing Shell Growth by Using Calcite Media to Increase Calcium and Carbonate levels in Waters Containing Oyster Restoration Cages”

Environmental Engineering – Jorge Guillen
“Propagation of Allelopathic Properties in Ailthanus altissima and Julgans nigra for Efforts in Circumventing Holistic Debilitations Occurring in Response to Occupational Herbicide Exposure”

Engineering – Abbey J. Havel
“Optimizing Martian Dust Mitigation: Creating an Innovative Dust Detection and Elimination Service”

Mathematics and Computational Science – Gianfranco Cortes-Arroyo
“A Probabilistic Formulation of the Computational Analysis of Stratified Spaces”

Intelligent Machines, Robotics, and Systems Software – Jonathan Bressette
“AARLink 2.0: Adaptive Multi-GPU Linking Technology for High Performance Computing”

Physics and Astronomy – Kelli Lynch
“Using Spectral Analysis to Calculate the Space/Time Distribution”

For more information about Orlando Science Center’s science competitions, please call our Reservations Office at 407.514.2112 or email

Lockheed Martin Science Challenge Forms

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Science Competitions Flyer

Science Competitions Flyer

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