“You’re studying to solve a problem. Trying to create something or attempting to improve a situation.”
-Director of the Science Fair and Biotech teacher Ms. Gazda
The Science Fair was a time for students to come up with original ideas and creative projects revolving around science subjects of interest. Those in Honors Chemistry were required to participate in the event on Friday, Feb. 10.
“The Science Fair is a celebration of research and innovative projects,” Director of the Science Fair and Biotech teacher Ms. Gazda said. “It has 22 different categories ranging from mathematics to engineering, environmental studies, genomics, medical, and the idea is to have an original project. You’re studying to solve a problem. Trying to create something or attempting to improve a situation.”
Due to the complexity of a project, much time is needed to come up with an idea, research, experiment, prove a theory and prepare a presentation. Students start their projects in September, and are due in February.
“First we have to decide what we want to do for the experiment and what the experiment would be. Then you have to be sure you can do it and write a proposal for the experiment,” sophomore Honors Chemistry student Jarrett Ardente said. “After that, if the proposal gets approved by a [Institutional Review] Board member, you can then start testing your experiment. Then you have to write a conclusion.” sophomore Honors Chemistry student Jarrett Ardente said.
Judges look for five specific things when reviewing projects:
- They look at the research question, or purpose of the project;
- They evaluate experimental design, if it is set up properly;
- They examine execution of the experiment and data collection;
- They review logical data organizing and analysis;
- The assess presentation, if it is logically organized and clarifies information gathered.
“I think the judges looked for good data collection techniques,” sophomore and Honors Chemistry student Wyatt Donofrio said, “how much work went into the projects.”
At the Science Fair students came together and presented their creative ideas, won prizes and showed off their scientific knowledge. The best students advanced to state and national competitions where they won a wide acclaim for their accomplishments. For more information, see Ms. Gazda in Room 717.