The Charter School USA Science Fair Competition is designed to create a journey of scientific inquiry. It develops real science skills, motivates students and recognizes achievement throughout the Charter School USA family. Rafael Casanova-Silva, a fifth grader at the Renaissance Charter School at Palms West competed in the regional competition, taking first place in elementary grade level. He was invited to compete in the network competition throughout schools nationwide. He came in second place overall for the elementary division — a tremendous achievement. Shown above is Rafael Casanova with his parents Paul Casanova-Romero and Maricruz Silva-Ramos, along with fifth-grade teacher Samantha Berlowitz.