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Ysleta ISD students win top honors at TX Science & Engineering Fair

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The Ysleta Independent School District student Victoria Mascorro – a senior at Valle Verde Early College High School – won first place among her peers statewide at the 2024 Texas Science and Engineering Fair, which took place last weekend in College Station.

Mascorro is among 12 students from the state science fair who will now advance to compete May 11-17 in the International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) in Los Angeles.

The Texas Science and Engineering Fair, one of the state’s best middle and high school science and engineering competitions, highlights the top biological science, physical science, and engineering projects throughout 21 categories.

Only 10 of the 21 categories in the senior division (high school) were selected to compete at ISEF – and Mascorro’s project was among them, officials said.

Mascorro’s project, which won first place in the category of Engineering Technology: Statics and Dynamics, was called, “Exploring Eutectic Alloys in Microgravity: Advancing Space-Based Manufacturing through Controlled Freezing."

Mascorro was also awarded $750 from Exxon Mobil and received an invitation to the Governor's Science & Technology Academy this summer, all expenses paid.

In addition, Riverside Middle School student Allison Cuellar won third place in the junior division at the state science fair with her project, “How Can the Use of Spherification with Medication Help People with Physical Disabilities?” She competed in the category of Biomedical Engineering.

The state science fair plays an important role in the lives and future careers of its participants, who learn critical thinking skills throughout the competition that are necessary to thrive in any field. The science fair is more than creating a science project, organizers say – it is a complete educational process.