Shelly Goel Wins at Texas Science and Engineering Fair 2018

SEM Junior Shelly Goel competed at the Texas Science and Engineering Fair 2018 in San Antonio, TX. She won the highest award of the evening: Senior Division Best of Show Award given to the top project in the High School Division. This is the first time any student from Dallas ISD has won the Best of Show Award at the Texas Science and Engineering Fair.

She also won 1st Place Grand Physical Sciences Award in the Senior division after being awarded 1st Place in her Biomedical Engineering category. Shelly also won the 1st place Special Award from the Texas Board of Professional Engineers Future Engineer Award.

Additionally, Shelly qualified for and will be competing at the International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) in May in Pittsburgh, PA.

Shelly’s project is titled An Electronic Device With An Integrated Mobile App for Early Detection of Cardiovascular Diseases: A Low-Cost, Easy-To-Use, Non-Invasive Device And Comprehensive, Multi-Parametric Smartphone App. In her research, she developed a low-cost, easy-to-use, non-invasive electronic device to obtain a continuous blood pressure waveform at the Brachial artery. The device was integrated with a user-friendly “Blood Pressure Analytics” Smartphone App for real-time, multi-parametric analysis and comprehensive assessment of a patient’s cardiovascular condition. Minimal training and expertise is required to operate the Device and App allows for its integration in any environment including the home setting, thus creating a major global impact. Using this device as part of an annual wellness visit at primary care physician’s office can largely eliminate sudden “silent” deaths through monitoring of the progression of cardiovascular condition in middle-age adults and accordingly directing them to specialists for optimal treatment early on.

Fighters for Filtration

Hydrology Club Lexus Eco Challenge Fighters For Filtration

Last year, the team won 1st place in the Land and Water part of the Lexus Eco Challenge and $10,000 in scholarships.

View Challenge 1: Land & Water – Hydrology Club Presentation Runoff Resolvers

Exciting March 19, 2018 Update!

SEM team won FIRST place in the Lexus Eco Challenge for their environmental action plan titled “Fighters for Filtration”.

The prize entailed a combined $15,000 prize for the school, teacher adviser (i.e. Mr. McLoda), and the students!

Hunter Adams, Kimmy Chang, Austin Davis, Isabel Ferguson, Olivia Northcutt-Wyly, and Ginger Simon

This was an expansion of previous efforts and took many hours and many weeks of hard work.

Additionally, their work continues to make a tangible impact on providing safe drinking water and water pollution awareness on an international level.

Check out this PDF Summary of their project and the competition.

David McLoda

TMSCA Team Places at State Meet in San Antonio

Tmsca State

On March 17th, the Science/Engineering Magnet Math and Science teams traveled to San Antonio to compete against the top math and science teams from across the state at the Texas Math and Science Coaches Association (TMSCA) State Meet. TMSCA exists to support the math and science UIL programs in Texas and hosts this meet each year to give teams from all across the state a chance to see how they compare as the District, Region and State UIL Meets approach.

Tmsca State Seniors With Newton

SEM had a great performance, placing 3rd overall in the State out of 39 6A schools. The following students placed in the top 10 in the state for their grade:

Number Sense – 2nd place team

  • Raviraj Rege – 1st place, 12th grade
  • Yash Chandak – 2nd place, 12th grade
  • Tomisin Ogunfunmi – 6th place, 11th grade
  • Pranay Varada – 6th place, 9th grade

Calculator Applications – 2nd place team

  • Raviraj Rege – 1st place, 12th grade
  • Yash Chandak – 3rd place, 12th grade
  • Victor Diaz – 1st place, 11th grade

Mathematics – 3rd place team

  • Raviraj Rege – 1st place, 12th grade
  • Yash Chandak – 6th place, 12th grade
  • Moises Trejo – 9th place, 12th grade
  • Victor Diaz – 6th place, 11th grade

Science – 6th place team

  • Raviraj Rege – 7th place, 12th grade

Top Gun

The Top Gun award is for the top student in each grade. Students are awarded points each time they place in the top 15 of an event, and the student with the most points at the end of the day is named the Top Gun. We had three students who finished in the top 6 of the Top Gun standings for their grades. Both seniors will be receiving a scholarship from TMSCA.

  • Raviraj Rege – 1st place, 12th grade
  • Yash Chandak – 2nd place, 12th grade
  • Victor Diaz – 5th place, 11th grade

Please congratulate these students on their performance, and thank you to all of the students that competed for SEM.

Josh Newton