IDEA Homeschoolers Show Off Science Skills

The 63rd annual Alaska Science & Engineering Fair (ASEF) “Explore Your Universe” event was held in Anchorage this past weekend.  It was another great science fair and all grade levels had wonderful projects. IDEA students took home several awards for their fascinating scientific experiments and elaborate display presentations. 

Congratulations to everyone for their hard work and amazing achievements! We encourage every young student to give it a try, or at least come as a spectator next year. ASEF is always held in Anchorage on the last weekend in March. 

Summer is a GREAT time to do science in Alaska!   

High School Category

Will, IDEA 10th grader, won two of the top awards. He will be going on an expense-paid trip to Pennsylvania to compete in the ISEF (International Science and Engineering Fair,) this May with his project, “Effects of Floral Source on the Antimicrobial Action of Synthetic Honey.” 


He also 
won a number of other prizes given by national, state and local organizations:

–          Health and Medicine Division Championship 
–          1st place High School Abstract (AK Professional Communicators) 
–          ISEF Alumni Best Display Award 
–          Hon. Mention High School Display (AK Professional Communicators)
–          US Commissioned Officers Public Health Services Award 
–          Alaska Natural Resource Award 

Will, Accepting the ISEF Alumni Best Display Award

Middle School Category

John Paul, 7th Grade IDEA homeschooler, presented “The Emperor’s New Flavor: Effect of Color on Taste Perception”

– Gold ribbon and State Division Championship in Behavioral and Social Sciences
– Broadcom Masters award (nomination given to middle schoolers to compete at the national level for a trip to Washington DC)

Kate, IDEA 6th Grader, presented “Hopping Down the Bunny Trail – Does Age and Sex Affect Maze Learning in Rabbits?”

 Gold ribbon and State Division Championship in Animal Sciences 

 1st place Middle School Display (AK Professional Communicators) 

 Petco Animal Sciences award 
 Broadcom Masters award (nomination given to middle schoolers to compete at the national level for a trip to Washington DC)

Kate, Accepting the Petco Animal Sciences Award