NEST+m has hosted the Annual Citywide Middle School Science Fair for NYC Schools for the third year since its inception in 2012. A total of 12 entries from 5 middle schools in the city were entered in the competition held last March 22, 2014. During the science fair, the young researchers competed through a presentation of their research experiments and a defense of their research protocols and analysis to a panel of distinguished judges.
The results of the competition:
6th Grade Category:
3rd Place: Raymond Zhuo (The Scholars’ Academy), “The Effect of the Type of Surface on a Distance a Ball Will Travel”
2nd Place: Dana Karson (NEST+m), “The Effect of Acidity and Volume on the Growth of Sugar Crystals”
1st Place: Devin Castillo (PS/IS 226 Alfred De B. Mason School), “The Effect of Different Types of Food on the Quality of the Soil Produced by the Red Worm”
7th Grade Category:
3rd place: Latrell Brown, Savion Brown, and Shaniya Morrison (PS/IS 165 Ida R. Posner School), “Go Green: How do increased levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere affect ocean acidification?”
2nd place: Maeve Kearns-Stanley (The Scholars’ Academy), “How Fast do our Hearts Recovery After Exercise?
1st Place: Muhammad Abuzar, Leon Dudarev, and Henry Stanilovsky (PS/IS 226 Alfred De B. Mason), “Truss Factor”- The Effect of Different Shaped Support Beams on How Much Weight Each Truss Can Hold
8th Grade Category:
3rd Place: Alexandra Fomina (The Scholars’ Academy), “Fillin’ In Your Blind Spot”
2nd place: Sher Ahmed, Thomas Burges, and Louis Casal (PS/IS 226 Alfred De B. Mason School), “Sustainable Biofuel: The Effect if F-2 Algae Food on the Biofuel Emission of Algal (Nannochloropsis) Growth”
1st Place: Alessandro Cartegni (NEST+m), “Building A Wind Tunnel to Measure Lift of Different Wing Types”
The panel of judges for this year’s competition consisted of a postdoctoral research associate from the University of Massachusetts Medical School, a practicing Engineer at Charles Ross and Sons, two High School Science Teachers from the New York City Board of Education, and six college students from the New York University Physics and Biology departments.
This annual event is coordinated by Mr. Marvin Cadornigara, NEST+m’s Research Coordinator and supported by the NEST+m PTA.