Over the Moon: Sophomore Lauren Moon wins Google Science Fair for Nebraska


Lauren Moon (10), poses with her award from Google’s Science Fair along with her mother Deanne Caspers-Moon, and her father Rich Moon in the LHS Counseling Center on April 5th, 2019. Her parents surprised her at with the award at school. Photo courtesy of Niki Barnes

By Emily Price

When you think of science fairs, you probably think of baking soda volcanoes, potato electricity, and participation medals. However, with the increase in technology, Google has taken their own spin on science fairs.

Each state in the United States had a winner and Nebraska’s winner happens to be sophomore Lauren Moon, a student at Lincoln High. Her parents surprised her today at school with the award.

Lauren Moon (10) reacts to winning the Google Science Fair for Nebraska as her mother, Deanne Caspers-Moon, captures the moment on April 5th, 2019 in the LHS Counseling Center. Moon’s research project was about the pH level in the ocean. Photo courtesy of Deanne Caspers-Moon

Google invited students around the world from ages 13-18 to compete in a worldwide science fair, presenting their solutions to relevant issues we face today.

Her research question for the Google Science Fair was “How can we restore the pH of the ocean?”

Moon then proceeded to carry out an experiment to find a solution to her question. Her process and explanation in all its scientific glory can be found here.

“In elementary school, I won a fair share of science fairs,” Moon explained. “So I just started Googling ‘science fairs’ and this one came up, and I entered. I wasn’t expecting to win.”

At Lincoln High, Moon is involved in a myriad of activities. She has been apart of Lincoln High’s show choir, Momentum for the past two years. She has also been part of last year’s musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, as well as this year’s production of Disney’s Newsies! Moon plans on entering the International Baccalaureate (IB) Program next year. She has been involved with learning about STEM academically since first grade through summer camps.

Her plans for the future?

“I don’t know what I want to do specifically when I’m older, but I know it’ll be STEM-related,” Moon said. “STEM and music is really all I do.”

She continued, “It’s important for young people to get involved with science and figure out solutions to our problems, because the politicians have made it very apparent that they aren’t going to do anything,” Moon said with a smile. “A small group of determined individuals can change the world, and that is all that has ever changed the world.”