Aspiring scientists in grades five through eight recently showcased their best ideas in competing for the Laurel Springs School 2017 Virtual Science Fair.
Academic department chair Ellen Doyle explains that students submitted proposals and met with their teachers to discuss the proposals in January, with final entries due by February 24. Finalists were selected to do presentations in the Science Fair Virtual classroom and awards were announced the second week of March.
Four students won top honors. They are listed below.
Genevieve Keighley: Winner, Excellence in Method Award, “The Impact of Temperature on Sourdough Starters”
“Her project was investigating the effect of temperature on how much a sourdough batch would rise,” Doyle says. “She was very meticulous in her documentation and testing.”
Samuel Cao: Winner, Explorer Award, “Potato Power”
Doyle says, “His project used potatoes to generate electricity. He investigated a number of options and came up with the most practical and cost effective solution.”
Lowell Fenstermacher: Winner, Inspiration/Innovation, “Parachutes”
“She investigated different inexpensive and practical material with which you could make a parachute,” Doyle explains. “Her idea was to use something that was disposable, or something repurposed, that would make a good parachute for a drone delivering packages.”
Sophia Grunow: Winner, Community Impact Award, “Power Plants”
“She did a great job researching what types of problems that individuals face in third world nations,” Doyle says. “She decided that a clean source of energy was important. She tested a number of different ideas and decided that if they used lemons, there would be many other environmental benefits, like replacing trees that were cut down, having biodegradable waste, etc.”
On behalf of Laurel Springs’ staff, we offer our congratulations to the winners!