April 5, 2019

2019 State Science & Engineering Fair of Iowa (SSTFI)

State Science and Technology Fair

On March 28, students from Ames High School and Ames Middle School participated in the 2019 State Science + Technology Fair of Iowa (SSTFI), held at Hilton Coliseum. Open to students across the state, the SSTFI is a way to showcase youth across Iowa and their science research skills.

Student groups worked diligently all year on their research, posing an interesting, testable scientific question, design an experiment, analyze results, and creating a poster to present at the SSTFI. At the event, students set up their presentations and have an opportunity to tell their story and defend their research to professionals in the field.

Below are how students performed at SSTFI this year:

Ames High School:

David Kim

  • Intel Excellence Award in computer science
  • 1st place Computer Science category

Pooja Kasiviswanathan

  • Grand Award from the State Science and Technology Fair of Iowa (plaque and scholarship of $500)
  • BioGenius Semifinalist Award from the Iowa Biotechnology Association (IowaBio) with a scholarship of $2,000
  • 1st Place in Plant Sciences
  • Iowa State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Award and scholarship of $500
  • Discovery in Science Award
  • Sustainability Solutions Initiatives Honorable Mention Award
  • Award from the Association for Women Geoscientists for Geoscience Excellence in Engineering

Pooja also participated in the 2019 Western Iowa Science & Engineering Fair (WISEF) where she won several awards including the ability to participate in the Intel International Science & Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF), this year held in Pheonix, AZ.  

Abigail Tibben

  • Honorable Mention Physics & Astronomy category
  • 6-year award  (plaque and $100)  this award given to students who have participated in SSTFI for 6 years.  SSTFI also gives a 7-year award. Students would have to participate from 6th or 7th grade to earn.  Abby is a junior and has participated since she was in 6th grade.

Suya Que

  • Participation Certificate


Ames Middle School:

Jessica Lee and Angelina Chen  


  • A Dandy Struggle: the Effect of Fertilizers and Natural Herbicides on the Plant Growth of Dandelions


  • Scientific Excellence Award presented by Holy Trinity

Anastasia Kuzmina and Annie Yu

  • Slime Under Stress
  • Scientific Excellence Award presented by Holy Trinity
  • Cleantech Award

Katie Gu and Leslie Kim

  • Mimosas in Action
  • 3rd Place 8th Grade Plant Science
  • Broadcom Masters awarded to top 10% of projects at SSTFI

Adrian Guan and Jackson Hufford

  • Ratios in Artwork:  Spiraling for Appeal
  • 1st Place 8th Grade Behavioral Sciences
  • 1st Place Overall Behavioral Sciences
  • Iowa State University College of Human Sciences Scholarship
  • Broadcom Masters awarded to top 10% of projects at SSTFI
  • Reserve Champion (3rd place)

Alina Markutsya

  • Heat Transfer in Different Types of Windows
  • Cleantech Award
  • 1st Place 8th Grade Engineering, Physics, & Math
  • 1st Place Overall Engineering, Physics, & Math
  • Broadcom Masters awarded to top 10% of projects at SSTFI
  • Grand Champion