Students put their best work forward at the annual science fair in the Middlebrook School gymnasium on Tuesday, Feb. 5. The event showcased exhibits from children in grades six through eight, who demonstrated experiments and provided their conclusions.
Science fair co-chairperson Anne McCann said students had to receive approval from their teacher to place their project in the show.
“It needs to be appropriate,” Ms. McCann said. “We actually follow the standards for the state. If there are any human or animal subjects, the student must have prior approval.”
Ms. McCann and Victoria Madden were co-chairs of the event.
The fair is divided into two groups, with sixth grade students competing toward medals and awards. The seventh and eighth graders also compete for the same honors, with four winners being selected to enter the Connecticut state science fair.
Twenty-two judges evaluated each project to name the winners.
Overall, approximately 60 projects entered the competition, with 89 students participating. Each entry was allowed no more than two students per group.
“The kids came up with their own projects,” Ms. Madden said. “We have a lot of books in the school on science fair projects. But we also encourage them to go out onto the Internet and do a little research.”
Sixth graders Daisy Humphrey and Hope Ullman came up with an egg drop experiment based on a casual comment.
“Hope said, ‘I want an omelet,’” said Daisy. “Omelet? Yes, let’s do an egg drop experiment.”
While many of the students did their projects for fun, since it was not required to participate, some had their eyes on the future.
“I would like to become an engineer,” said sixth grader Yashika Nana, as she displayed her project on electromagnetics.
“We definitely want to work in the sciences,” Simon Lindberg said. He and his partner, Quentin Thouvenot, demonstrated their electrical energy project.
“I definitely want to pursue it in school,” Quentin said. Their project proved to be so popular the duo took second place in the life sciences for seventh and eighth grade.
“I wanted to be in the show just for the excitement,” Patrick Louzan said. His display, “Walking on Eggshells,” was named the best in fair. Patrick has six chickens at home and wanted to do something related to that.
List of Winners
Sixth grade life sciences
First place: Jiffy Lesica — “The Electrolyte Challenge.”
Second place: Alexandra Greer — “Can We Make Them Stop???”
Third place: Rachel Wilson — “The Science of Growing Plants.”
Honorable mention: “Alex Li — “Organic or Artificial.”
Sixth grade physical sciences
First place: Yashika Nana — “Electromagnetics: Electricity vs. Magnetism.”
Second place: Jonathan Wu — “Catching the Wind.”
Third place: Caroline Greer and Ellie Haljun — “Can You Melt Me?”
Honorable mention: Colleen Brady and Grace Bonner — “Crazy Crayolas.”
Honorable mention: Chris Khanna and Brandt Williams — “Friction in Golf.”
Honorable mention: Davis Langhoff — “Smash Test: Hot Wheels vs. Matchbox.”
Seventh/eighth grade life sciences
First place: Brooke Amodei — “Sweet As …”
Second place: Nora Hoch — “The Roots Preferred Environment.”
Third place: Allison Farago — “Does Gender Affect Memory?”
Seventh/eighth grade physical sciences
First place: Emilie McCann — “How Useful Is Your Wind?”
Second place: Simon Lindberg and Quentin Thouvenot — “The Exciting Electrical Energy.”
Third place: Natalia Matuk and Sarah Nashbar — “We’re Still Glowing Strong.”
Best in Fair, in honor of Duncan Toll
Patrick Louzan, “Walking on Egg Shells.”