Science Fairs Start with Curiosity
Danielle is allergic to peanuts. What happened when she had a reaction and how did her EpiPen work? “I wanted to find out what was happening at a molecular level,” she said.
Alyson and Harper wondered how long it would take a solar oven to cook rice. They started by building one out of a cardboard box.
“Our hypothesis was that it would take three hours," said Harper. "We got lucky—we had the perfect sunny day for our test. We put the solar oven on the driveway. Two hours later, our rice was done.”
From 3D Printing and What Animals Really See to the Gel Manicure
Each of the fifty projects in the John Jay Middle School Science Fair began with a question.
- Lily and Stephanie always heard that chewing gum helped students be more alert. Was that really true?
- Zach is a cellist. How did the sound travel from his instrument to the listener?
- Andrew and Owen both own a Bluetooth device. How does this wireless technology work? What would happen if many devices tried to connect to the same Bluetooth?
- Ara’s dad showed him a video of a bridge falling down and told him it was because of resonance. What more could he learn about vibrations, and what about the vibrations in music?
“Students who participated in the science fair did excellent, self-motivated, original scientific investigations that emphasized their drive to understand a variety of real-world phenomena,” said Zach Miller and Christine Watroba. “We are truly proud of their collective efforts!”
Teachers and administration encouraged participation through a parent panel, school-wide STEM assembly, a webinar interview with climate and glacier expert Richard Alley which was broadcast on JJMS TV during homebase, and a flashmob during lunch by the science and technology teachers.
Great Work, everyone!
seventh grade awards
Grade 7 Honorable Mentions
- Pierce Berke: Where will neural networks go next, and why do Bill Gates, Elon Musk, and Stephen Hawking consider it a problem?
- Rachel Lewis: Electrolysis of Water
Grade 7 Outstanding Awards
- Ara Beigi: Resonance and Natural Frequency
- Tahela Denu: To Vape or not to Vape, That is the Question
eighth grade awards
Grade 8 Honorable Mentions
- Danielle Blachar: Food Allergies: What are they and why do they occur?
- Ava Kersh & Ella Rust: What do animals really see?
Grade 8 Outstanding Awards
- John Albert: Bridges: Avoiding Disaster
- Abigail Stobin: Chemical Reactions!