Curious Young Scientists Seek Data Driven Conclusions
Heritage Middle School hosted the 7th Annual Saturnelli Science Fair, an exciting event that encourages students to think like young scientists.
Over 225 projects were entered by students in grades 6 -8 ranging in topics from electromagnetism, wind turbine energy, to GPS technology and DNA extraction. Heritage students designed science projects that use the scientific method to solve a problem: identifying a problem, developing a hypothesis, designing an experiment, analyzing their data and making a conclusion based on that data. Students developed skills in writing, oral presentation, creative thinking, and problem solving. Projects were judged on quality, written presentations and use of all methods relevant to the aforementioned method. Additional points were derived from delivery during oral presentations.
Students from Mount Saint Mary College, as well as Newburgh Free Academy’s Science Honor Society, served as judges for the science fair.
Heritage Middle School Science Teacher Aileen Toback also recently announced that the Hudson Valley Building and Construction Trades Council donated $1,350 to the summer science program at Black Rock Forest for the Heritage Middle School first place winners.
"The opportunity that the Hudson Valley Building and Construction Trades Council has provided our science fair winners with is truly amazing. Black Rock Forest Consortium has developed a week-long learning experience in nature, where students will be working directly with scientists and artists, at Black Rock Forest. We cannot wait to hear all about their summer learning experience,” explained Toback.
New Windsor’s Pizza Mia donated lunch for the judges as part of the event and the Heritage Middle School PTO provided snacks and beverages for the young junior scientists throughout the event.
Congratulations to all of the participants from your friends at HHV!
1st Place Tyler McCormick: Insulation is Absolutely Incredible (shown)
2nd Place Charlie Mahoney: Tracking Geomagnetic Storms
3rd Place Miracle Jones: Spoiler Power
8th Grade Honorable Mentions
Juan Peticco: Microwave Radiation on Sponges
Jeongeok Suh: Horizontal Wind Turbines vs. Vertical Wind
Kimberly LaLane: French Fry Investigation
Adolfo Gomez: Purifying Water
Christian Reyes: Shocking Touch
1st Place Amanda Cotton: Nothing But Net (shown)
2nd Place Julia Sager: Do Ionic or Covalent Solution
3rd Place Noah Riley: Static Charge
7th Grade Honorable Mentions
Ellyson Grant: Danger, Static Electricity
Samantha Tucker: What Substance Melts Ice the Fastest
Joseph Ponessi: Area vs. Rate of Descent
Sarah Casillo: Fluoride vs. soda
Trey Thompson: Papillae Population
1st Place Logan Murillo: Magnets & Charge (Shown)
2nd Place Mitchell Levy: Bread Mold Growth
3rd Place Marc Alberti: Gravity in Action
6th Grade Honorable Mentions
Danielle Riley: Dissolve the Rainbow
Steven Rosas: Growing Basil
Kerry O’Connell: Hot/Cold Tennis Balls
Alex Flores: Paper Towels
Keely Hofving: Height vs Walking Pace
Press Release and Photos Provided by Kerry Butrick
edited by LoLa