Apr 032013
 
Teacher and science project mentor Marlaina Schroeder (left) with students Helaman Burdge and Camille Krahn, who are both juniors at River City High School. (Courtesy photo)

Teacher and science project mentor Marlaina Schroeder (left) with students Helaman Burdge and Camille Krahn, who are both juniors at River City High School. (Courtesy photo)

From Dax Castro

For the first time in River City High School’s history, two students have brought home the gold, winning the Sacramento Regional Science Fair competition in the “Psychology and Social Behavior” category.

Helaman Burdge and Camille Krahn competed with over 100 other projects overall spread across several categories and emerged victorious. Their project dealt with the effects of social peer pressure when viewing various images and video clips. Individual test subjects were placed in a group setting and exposed to videos and still images. “Planted” members of the group expressed various facial expressions with the goal of influencing the test subject.

Heart rate and facial expressions of the test subject were monitors and the results were recorded.

The winning students with their science fair project (courtesy photo)

The winning students with their science fair project (courtesy photo)

Winning the local competition qualifies them to go to Los Angeles for the two-day California State Science Fair held at the California Science Center on April 15th and 16th. There they will represent River City High and West Sacramento as they compete with over 1,000 participants from 400 schools throughout California.

  A scholarship fund has been setup to help fund the trip. Visit www.gofundme.com/2coaok to donate.

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Steve Marschke

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