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The Effects of Stress on Working Memory in High School Students

Have you ever tried to remember a set of numbers only to forget them moments later? The research from this project will be used to create an understanding of how working memory is affected by stress in students ages 13-18.

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Economic Gardens

The main roadblocks to developing fully sustainable gardens are factors that affect the water used in growing plants. Water ground soil evaporation is the amount of water that evaporates in an area of land in a given time frame. Groundwater erosion is a negative effect of having water flowing underground. Water efficiency is the amount of water that, when put into an area, is actually used by the plants. This is used to describe overwatering. If these problems can be solved or minimized, a garden can be created that, once planted, would be able to survive without human intervention.

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Relative Health of Native vs. Foreign Trees in Palo Alto

There is a debate about whether native or foreign tree species should be planted in Palo Alto. This project will study how healthy each kind of tree is and use that information to determine what trees are better off in the suburban Palo Alto environment.

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The Effect of Music on Task Performance

The aim of my project is to see which genres of music are best for number memory. I noticed that some teachers at my school allowed students to listen to music while doing classwork, while others did not. I want to examine what impact different genres of music have on number memory, if any.

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How Levels of the EGFR Protein in Cells Relate to Cancer Rates

The goal of this project is to study the correlation between the amount of the EGFR protein in a cell and its likelihood to be cancerous. Multiple databases and studies will be analyzed. The obtained data will be used to determine whether or not there is a correlation between EGFR levels and cancer rates.

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Using Emotions to Improve Memorization

Emotional memory is consolidated and recalled much more efficiently than non-emotional memory, leading to clear and vivid recollections. However, different emotions release different chemical signals in the brain, leading to a difference in the efficiency of recalling the memory. Finding the emotion that help high school students remember information best can be further utilized in creating techniques for memorization which could ultimately aid those with memory disorders. My project aims to do this through an experiment which tests the emotions fear, happiness, and sadness and their affect on memory through memory tests.

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Using Ocean Waves to Generate Power

I will design and build a prototype of a device that generates electricity from the power of ocean waves. It is intended for people who do not have access to electricity due to natural disasters or poverty. I will test it in the ocean and change the prototype to make it more effective and efficient.

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Improving Animal Models Best Represent Alzheimer’s Disease

This research project will analyze the flaws in using current mice models to evaluate Alzheimer’s disease. The limitations of mice models will be identified through extensive research and previous studies. These findings will contribute to suggesting potential improvements to the modeling of Alzheimer’s disease. The project will validate the findings by applying them to other organisms diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. By analyzing the effectiveness of these improved models, the project will aim to provide a more accurate representation of Alzheimer’s disease using animal models.

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Testing Whether Marangoni Flows Are Caused by Evaporation and Gravity or Liquid Composition

The problem this project seeks to address is the lack of knowledge on the catalyst to thin film drainage over a curved surface. In certain instances, the drainage of the liquid is interrupted by a unique distribution of surface tension. These flows are called marangoni flows. Surface tension is a measurement of how much a liquid likes to stay in contact with itself. The driving force behind marangoni flows caused by either evaporation and gravity, or evaporation and liquid composition (Fanton & Cazaba, 1997). It is unknown which combination of forces is dominant over the other. Research backing the phenomena that takes place as film drains in marangoni flows is already limited. By adding to the pool of evidence behind film drainage in marangoni flows, a better understanding of how tear film on the human eye drains, would allow doctors to better accommodate contact wearers.

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Relationships Between NASA Budget Cuts and the Output of Spinoff Biomedical Engineering Projects, and How These Innovations Have Impacted the Medical World

NASA’s spinoff projects have used technologies originally developed for space exploration that have been adapted and further developed for common use, especially relating to the medical world. I am looking into these spinoff projects and collecting data to determine if NASA's budget over the years has had an impact on the output of these projects.

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