For the next few months, Christopher Rocci of Merced has quite a bit on his plate.
Although the 12-year-old seventh-grader was not a finalist in last week's Frankenweenie Science Fair in Southern California, he has an ambitious schedule ahead of him.
It includes competing in three Science Olympiad events; a robotics program at Hickman Charter School, through which Christopher is home-schooled; auditioning for a film; and trying out for a Playhouse Merced theater production.
He was one of six semi-finalists in the Frankenweenie Science Fair, held by Disney Studios and the Discovery Science Center. He entered a Rube Goldberg-like device that cooked a hot dog using a resistive heating process.
After the Frankenweenie competition, Rocci received four tickets to Disneyland, Frankenweenie staff T-shirts not available to the public, and VIP seating for the opening night screening of the "Frankenweenie" movie, produced by filmmaker Tim Burton.
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