The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

May 12, 2011
Unions help students compete at science, engineering event

Students from the Sacramento region are wrapping up competition at the Intel International Science Fair in Los Angeles, which ends today.

Clara Fannjiang and Peter Wang of Davis Senior High School, and Shyamal Buch of Vista Del Lago High School are among the 1,600 students from 65 countries who have been showing off their projects. They won entry to the global contest by winning at the Sacramento Regional Science & Engineering Fair in March.

Some awards will be announced tonight, with grand prizes presented tomorrow. Top awards last year ranged between $50,000 and $75,000.

The Sacramento fair sponsors included Professional Engineers in California Government, California Association of Professional Scientists, Liberty Mutual, Aerojet, and the Sacramento Metropolitan Utility District.

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Jon Ortiz launched The State Worker blog and a companion column in 2008 to cover state government from the perspective of California government employees. Every day he filters the news through a single question: "What does this mean for state workers?" Join Ortiz for updates and debate on state pay, benefits, pensions, contracts and jobs. Contact him at (916) 321-1043 and at


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