2011 Citywide Science Fair 

Top Four Young CPS Scientists Advance to International Competition

April 22, 2011

More than 300 Chicago Public Schools students participated in the 61st annual CPS Student Science Fair at the Museum of Science and Industry Opens in a new window icon last month, showcasing scientific exhibits in areas ranging from chemistry and physics to aerospace and zoology.


Students who exhibited their work in the citywide Science Fair represented thousands of students who displayed science projects at earlier school and area fairs. These students committed themselves to conducting an independent research project, learning first-hand how to design a scientific experiment, collect and analyze data, and offer conclusions.


The top four students as selected by the judges were:

  • Saad Khan of Albert Lane Technical High School. His projected was titled “Fox01 Signaling in Skeletal Muscular Activity”.
  • Leah Balay-Wilson of Lincoln Park High School for her project “Loss of Chaos in Parkinson’s Disease”.
  • Anthony Surganov of Lane for his project “Passive Solar Tracking”.
  • Daniela Flax of Lincoln Park for her projected “Thermoelectric Properties of Bi2Te3”.

The students are invited to bring their exhibits to the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair Opens in a new window icon, scheduled for May 8-13 in Los Angeles. In addition, the top 65 students from the CPS citywide fair are invited to bring their exhibits to the Illinois Junior Academy of Science State Science Fair at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign on May 6-7.


The Chicago Public Schools Student Science Fair, Inc. is offered in partnership with the Museum of Science and Industry and sponsored by corporate partners including Motorola, Takeda Global Research and Development Center Inc. and ComEd: An Exelon Company.


Congratulations to the winners and good luck at nationals.


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