Thursday, April 9, 2015

Science Research News



During the month of March, 85 students from the Owen J. Roberts School District participated in the Chester County Science Research Competitions.  These students were selected from their individual school competitions, and did a wonderful job representing our district at the county level.  



Each grade level can send up to 5 students—therefore,  our district sent 25 sixth graders and 10 students from grades 7 & 8 to the Rorke competition.  Each of our schools received awards; our students collectively earned 13 awards with three students moving into the next round (1 from EC and 2 from the MS).

In the Salk competition, we sent 50 students; we claimed 25 awards from students in grades 4 & 5.   What was interesting about this event was our students claimed the top awards.  Each of our schools received awards; these awards were balanced among the areas of Biochemistry, Engineering, and Physics. There is no further competition for this level.
 

The following students performed exceptionally well at the county competition and will represent Owen J. Roberts School District at the Delaware Valley Science Fair in April.
·         Zoe Zabrenski from EC – 1st place in the MS competition for her Zoology experiment “Is The Light Right?”
·         Audrey Farnham from MS – 2nd place and The Outstanding Project in Medicine and Health Award (sponsored by Brent and Patti Achee) in the MS competition for her experiment “The Impact Resistance of Field Hockey Goggles”
·         Matthew Karcewski from MS – 2nd place in the MS competition for his Earth and Space Sciences experiment “Gas Attack: The Effect of CO2 on Ocean Life”


In addition to those young scientists, the following students earned awards this year:

East Coventry – School Coordinator Mary-Rita Bonner
·         Victoria Blancarte – Honors for her Medicine and Health experiment “Counting Steps”
·         Izzie Geist – Distinguished Honors for her Zoology experiment “A Walk in the Park: Controlling Leash Pulling with Collar Type”
·         Colin Simpson – High Honors for his Computer Science experiment “Suffering with Buffering”
·         Matt Taylor – Honors for his Behavioral and Social Sciences experiment “Now You See Me Now You Don’t”

East Vincent – School Coordinator Annmarie Barlow
·         Rory Booth, Ian Pugh, and Marie Tokay – Honors for their Team Project “Does adding weight in certain spots affect the driving reliability of an EV3 robot?”
·         Chelsea McNeff – High Honors and the DOW Biochemistry Award for her experiment “What citrus fruit has the most acid?”
·         Anant Pothakamury – High Honors for his Engineering experiment “Which gear pattern will best move a heavier load?”
·         Olivia DeVol – 3rd place at the MS competition for her Consumer Science experiment “What brand of crayon melts the slowest?”
·         Tia Weinsteiger – 3rd place at the MS competition for her Botany experiment “Are there alternate ways to grow lettuce other than from seed?”

French Creek – School Coordinator Christy Palmiero
·         Caroline Aldred – Honors for her Botany experiment “The Amazing Spider Plant”
·         Blaine Waltimyer – The Richard and Patti Smith Excellence in Engineering Award for his experiment “Filtration Frenzy – Providing Clean Water”
·         Allen Gift – Honorable Mention at the MS competition for his Botany experiment “Fast Food”
·         Eric Scull – 3rd place at the MS competition for his Behavioral and Social Sciences experiment “It Just Feels Right . . . . or Left?”



North Coventry – School Coordinator Patrice Reiche
·         Alexander Lobello – High Honors and The Katherine Smith Westervelt Outstanding Use of Physics award for his experiment “The effect of air pressure inside a football on how far it can be thrown”
·         Jason Meyers – Honors for his Biochemistry experiment “Bad Apples”
·         Laylah Corsino – 3rd place in the MS competition for her Zoology experiment “Does the stimuli presented to a dog affect their left or right tail wagging behavior?”
·         Olivia Coyne – Honorable Mention in the MS/HS competition for her Earth and Space Sciences experiment “How accurate are weather forecasts?”

West Vincent – School Coordinators Erin Flexner and Jyl Harrington
·         Cooper Bryan – Honors for his Physics experiment “The Sting of the Swing”
·         Celia Kerr – Distinguished Honors for her Physics experiment “What Material Conducts the Most Static Electricity?”
·         Braeden Matthews – Honors for his Engineering experiment “Does the Size of a Paper Airplane’s Wing Affect the Distance it Will Travel?”
·         Jackson Simko – Distinguished Honors for his Physics experiment “How Does Air Pressure in a Soccer Ball Affect the Distance it Will Travel?”
·         Sarah Zhang – Distinguished Honors for her Physics experiment “Which Type of Liquid Conducts the Most Electricity?”
·         Michelle Surine – Honorable Mention in the MS competition for her Engineering experiment “Will different types of insulation affect how quickly water is sterilized in a solar oven?”

Middle School – School Coordinator Mark Hofer
·         Michael Giacoponello – Honorable Mention in the MS competition for his Engineering experiment “Dead Zone”
·         Jordan Mulford - Honorable Mention in the MS competition for his Environmental Science experiment “Struggling to Survive”
·         Samuel Savage - Honorable Mention in the MS competition for his Engineering experiment “Take Flight”

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