Nearly 100 students from 20 schools submitted a total of 66 projects in the first annual Solutionary Fair. The County Office of Education provided awards funded by the Institute for Humane Education and the Broadcom Foundation for ten first-place projects, ten second-place projects, and one "Best in Show” project. Learn more about the projects below.
Best in Show Award: Our Neighborhood
Through witnessing the changes of the Bay Area and listening to stories from adults about the history of our area, I was inspired to look further at gentrification.
Researching this issue, I felt that the best way to acknowledge and combat such complex and multifaceted problems would be to get these stories out to other kids.
My project focuses on creating a unit for grade-school educators on the history of the Bay Area and gentrification so that our community is well informed and ready to create an equitable future.
First Place Award Winners
|Stephen Yan-Zhao||3||Serendipity Elementary||Worm Compost Bin in Backyard|
|Alison Li, Ellie K, and Ava B||4||Carey School||The Plastic Problem|
|Los Robles 4th Grade Cardboard Crew – Alisson Molina, Audier Acosta, Josh Cabrera, Maria Diez, Angel Alemen, Alexander Carrillo, and Emiliano Cardenas||4||Los Robles-Ronald McNair Academy||COVID-19: The Playground Problem|
|Isabella Porten||5||Woodside Elementary School||The Secrets of Social Media: The Dark Truth Behind the Screen|
|Travis Meadow Long||5||Woodside Elementary School||World of Water|
|Esme Hanlon||6||Ocean Shore School||Sea Otters and the Fight for Their Home|
|Sophie Blank and Katherine Timons||6||Woodside Elementary School||Education Lost|
|Wing (Nicole) Tsang||11||Westmoor High School||Chatbot for Easing Immigrant's Life|
|Matthew Cerza and Michael McCulloch||12||Junipero Serra High School and Design Tech High School||The Phoenix Project|
|Jonathan Carranza, Alondra Concha, Rosa Cortez, Armando Jaimes, James Mitchell, and Dabid Florez Rodriguez||12||East Palo Alto Academy||Creative Dreamers Market Vending Machine|
Second Place Award Winners
|Avi Hudson Buxbaum||3||Las Lomitas Elementary School||Keeping People and the Environment Healthy During COVID-19|
|Kailee Ishida||4||Carey School||Microplastic|
|Alexa Hengehold||5||Woodside Elementary School||Save the Frogs, They Save Us!|
|Kai Cena||5||Woodside Elementary School||The Jellyfish|
|Phoebe Chen||5||Woodside Elementary School||Racism is a Virus|
|Ryder Shaw||5||Woodside Elementary School||Elevate Children and Families Out of Homelessness|
|Maile Fastidio||6||Cabrillo Elementary School||Oil Spills in the Ocean|
|Christine Zhao, Katherine Tsvirkunova, Payton Zolck, and Isabelle Chiang||9||The Nueva School, Crystal Springs Uplands School, Carlmont High School||Plogging: Community Waste Reduction|
|Emily Duncan, Caroline Lim, Olivia Murray, and Roisin Scallon||9 & 10||Hillsdale High School||Unsustainable Modern Food Systems|
|Ava Nielson, Chloe Montgomery, Kate O’Toole, and Maia Tu||9 & 11||Woodside High School||Wetland Conservation|