Young researcher wins regional science fair
by Kate Brown
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Tracy High senior Isfar Munir watches as electricity arcs along a tesla coil he used for his science fair project studying electric arcs and air properties that won first place in the San Joaquin County science fair and qualified for the state competition.  Glenn Moore/Tracy Press
Tracy High senior Isfar Munir watches as electricity arcs along a tesla coil he used for his science fair project studying electric arcs and air properties that won first place in the San Joaquin County science fair and qualified for the state competition. Glenn Moore/Tracy Press
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Tracy High senior Isfar Munir prepares a tesla coil he used for his first place science fair project.  Glenn Moore/Tracy Press
Tracy High senior Isfar Munir prepares a tesla coil he used for his first place science fair project. Glenn Moore/Tracy Press
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Tracy High School senior Isfar Munir took home the Grand Prize Award at the Synopsys Sacramento Regional Science & Engineering Fair on March 22.

Munir’s project — “The effects of temperature on the deflection of an electric arc generated by a Tesla coil” — qualified for the California State Science Fair and the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, both of which will be held in Los Angeles in April and May.

“The basic premise of the project was to see how environmental conditions affect electric arcs’ past behavior,” Munir said.

This year marks the third time variations of his research have qualified for state-level competition.

“I’ve never been to International before,” Munir said. “It promises to be whatever state is but on steroids.”

Munir has spent much of the past two summers at University of California, Davis, gathering data for his project for 12 hours a day two or three days a week.

“I would try, and if the results were somewhat promising, I would continue,” Munir said.

Munir’s love for science has been greatly influenced by his parents, who exposed him to the Discovery Channel and books about science as a young boy.

He is most proud of the discoveries he has made within the field of physical science.

“This research is not something that’s been really attempted in the last 100 years. Doing this, I’m kind of exploring new territory within physics,” Munir said. “It’s exciting to get new results that no one else has found before.”

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