Morgan Hill students Mark Holmstrom, a junior at Live Oak High School and sophomore Theresa McLaughlin of Sobrato High School are the two winners of the Synopsys Silicon Valley Science and Technology Championship.
Holmstrom and McLaughlin will represent Santa Clara Valley advance to the Intel International Science & Engineering Fair in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania May 13 to 18 this year for their team project titled “Neighbors with prescribed prime factors.”
The Synopsys Championship was held at the San Jose Convention center in March, with the awards ceremony held Sunday April 1. The Intel International fair in Pittsburgh will have students from 50 plus countries and will be competing for more than $2 million in award prizes.
The Santa Clara Valley Science and Engineering Fair Association will provide transportation, lodging good and registration to the students.
The two also won the Mu Alpha Theta award, first place in the computer and mathematics category, the grand prize for best of championship outreach schools, which includes a plaque and $650 for both their high schools and the grand prize for projects in the physical sciences and engineering category, which qualifies them for the Intel Science fair in Pittsburgh.
By winning first in their category, the two are also eligible to attend the California state fair from April 30 to May 1 in Los Angeles.
Two eighth grade students from Britton Middle School, Andrew Liu and David Ray Bahar also won second place in the environmental science division of the Synopsys Silicon Valley Science fair for their project titled “How do oil spills affect aquatic plants?”