On the Friday before spring break, our 7th and 8th grade students presented their science fair projects to the rest of the school as well as to their parents, faculty, and our volunteer judges. All entries were judged and the science fair winners were announced in Middle School meeting on Friday.
Last fall, students in 7th and 8th grade developed unique ideas for scientific investigations and submitted research proposals. Emphasis for this long-term project is placed on scientific inquiry skills and the design process with an understanding of how science really works. Each student or student pair focused on one main question to guide their project.
Throughout the winter, students followed a timeline for turning in different pieces of their reports. They designed experiments using ideas discussed in class such as independent and dependent variables, controls, replication, and hypotheses. After collecting and analyzing their data, they created visual displays and in some instances interactive experiences to present their findings. They were proud to present the results of their hard work!
Students in Kindergarten through sixth grade came to the Science Fair along with parents, grandparents, and other interested members of our community to see the results. New this year, our student presentations were printed professionally, giving all of the exhibits a polished appearance and simultaneously putting them all on an even footing.
Eight scientists from the US Fish and Wildlife Service, Delaware Department of Natural Resources, Sovereign Environmental Consulting as well as two science teachers served as judges who carefully evaluated each project according to the established rubric. The judges examined the displays for aspects of scientific design, originality of idea, practical applications, and asked each exhibitor to answer questions about their experiment. It was a wonderful experience for our 7th and 8th graders to explain their work to other students and to adults!
The following 7th and 8th graders received the top honors:
1st - Niha Mukkamala and Aina Puri
2nd - Shay Wilson
3rd - Farah El-Jazzar and Ryan Vitola
4th - Jason Kourpas and Jack Travis
5th - Olivia Amygdalos and Madison Marfo
1st - Jiya Patel
2nd (tie) - Stanley Chen
2nd (tie) - Luke Ratliff
3rd - Rachel Fonder
4th - Sophia Shroyer
Our inquisitive seventh and eighth graders identified a huge range of questions to investigate; see the science fair's full program here!
We thank our judges from US Fish and Wildlife Service, DNREC and Sovereign Environmental Consulting for their time and expertise. We also are grateful to the US Fish and Wildlife Service Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge for donating the printing of all the Science Fair display posters.
Special thanks to Ms. Howard, Ms. Otwell, Mrs. Wilson for help with set-up and judging and to our 7th and 8th graders for educating us on so many interesting topics!