The 41st annual Falmouth Public Schools Science & Engineering Fair was held this past Saturday in the Falmouth High School Robert V. Antonucci Field House. The fair included projects from all grades K-12. Hundreds of students participated; Lawrence School and Falmouth High School students were eligible for prizes and awards.
The fair had been scheduled for Saturday, March 2, but was postponed due to poor weather and hazardous driving conditions. The first round of high school judging still occurred on Friday evening March 1 before snow and ice arrived the next morning.
Falmouth High School class projects were displayed alongside FHS extra-curricular clubs like the ROV Club and the Ecology Club. The FHS Art Department also had students’ work on display and featured demonstrations of their ceramic 3D printer, which was funded by a grant from The Falmouth Education Foundation.
Local exhibitors included WHOI, Coonamessett River Trust, SEA Education Association, OTIS Model Aero Club, Barnstable County Health Department, the Skip the Straw Campaign, NOAA’s Northeast Fisheries Science Center, Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary, Woods Hole Sea Grant Program and the Falmouth STEM Boosters. They brought an interactive element to the fair and demonstrated Falmouth’s rich history of scientific exploration.
The Falmouth STEM Boosters also hosted a luncheon for Lawrence and high school award winners and their families following the fair.
More than 100 community members volunteered their time to judge the student projects at various age levels.
Every year, K-6 class projects are awarded the Founders’ Award through which the teachers can use the prize earnings to fund class activities and supplies.
The 2nd place award went the 3rd-grade team from Teaticket Elementary School led by teachers Julie Duffany, Nicole Freeman, Kelly Geist and Tiffany Miranda. Their project was titled Critters at Teaticket Park. The prize was valued at $250.
First place was also won by a team from Teaticket Elementary, the 4th-grade team led by teachers Ann Chicoine, Maureen Dwyer and Michelle Mokeler. Their project was titled A Link in the Chain: The Horseshoe Crab. The prize was valued at $350.
Both Founders’ Awards prizes were donated by Teledyne Marine Systems.
The Lawrence School entered the largest number of student projects.
Honors Award winners included the team of John Alves and Aidan North for their project GMO vs. Non GMO, Caroline Chute for her project Growing Crystals, the team of Kyra Cole and Bree Mulcahy for their project Diaper Snow, Mykyla Gallion for her project Burn Baby Burn, Livia Johnson for her project The Planarian Experian, Elizabeth Litton for their project Cooking the Global Conveyer Belt, the team of Carly Mitchell and Mackenzie Weaver for their project Black Light, Summer Mueller for her project Preposterous Peppers, Abbie Okone for her project UV Radiation and Yeast, Anna Pohlman for her project How Does Sugar Concentration Affect Refraction of Light in Water?, Eleanor Ralston for her project Pondering Algae, and the team of Ella Warner and Julia Roman for their project Change of Fears.
Also, from the Lawrence School, High Honors Award winners included Emily Allen for her project Music’s Effect on Reaction Time, the team of Anna Bennett , Makenzie McCabe, and Merritt Wilcox for their project When Life Gives You Lemons, Peppers and Brussels Sprouts, the team of Terrell Cardoza and Alex Kendall for their project Defying Gravity, Morgan Chaves for the project THE CHICK_INN: Can a Chick’s Gender be Determined by its Egg Mass?, the team of Jackson Falcone and James Hirth for their project Snazzy Surfaces, Rafe Grant for his project Catapult, Meredith Kinkade for her project Nutrients with Algae Growth, Rachel Larsen for her project Does Chewing Gum Make You Smarter?, the team of Sarah Murray and Bethany Sawyer for their project Dancing is Science, Matthew Shea for his project Spoon Decomposition, Harley Smith for his project Which Airplane Goes the Distance?, and Alex Tang for the project Do Compostable Plastic Bags Actually Work?
Matthew Shea also won the Salt Pond Area Bird Sanctuaries Middle School Award for top Lawrence School project, worth $100.
From Falmouth High School, 3rd-place award winners included the team of Olivia de Punte and Kinsale Steedman for their project The Illusory Truth Effect, the team of Kevin Duarte and Max Roman for their project Fluidized Sand-Trap, the team of Brynne Mayeski and Eva Reif for their project The Effect of Carbonated Water on Radish Seed Growth, Emma Onwumere for her project Efficiency is Key, Quinn O’Rourke for his project The Effect of Heart Rate on Blood Pressure, the team of Jackie Tallino and Abby Turner for their project Hydrophobic, the team of Alden Thomas and Jack Warner for their project Brilliant Brita?, James Walden for his project Solar Weather Station, and Zhanna Yakubova for the project How Do Languages Affect the Brain?
2nd Place Awards winners:
Phillip Gessen won a 2nd-place award for the project Image Recognition Software, also winning $50 from Teledyne Marine Systems.
Eamon MacKilligan won a 2nd-place award for the project How Does Age Affect taste, also winning $50 from Teledyne Marine Systems.
Sophia Steele won a 2nd-place award for the project the Science of Dance, also winning $50 from Teledyne Marine Systems.
Lawrence Tang won a 2nd-place award for the project Using Machine Learning Techniques to Categorize Seafloor Imagery, also winning $50 from Teledyne Marine Systems and a $75 gift certificate to the WHOI Discovery Center & Gift Shop.
The team of Julia Furnari and Julia Lima won a 2nd-place award for their project Bacteria Growth in a Suburban Bathroom, also winning $100 from Teledyne Marine Systems.
The team of Brenna Donahue, Melissa Ham and Alley Rivera won a 2nd-place award for their project Nematostella in the Face of Pollution, also winning $150 from Teledyne Marine Systems.
The team of Gina-Marie Daggett, Maria Krag and Kaleigh Roulston won a 2nd-place award for their project Are Our Ocean Safe from the Dangers of Carbon Dioxide?, also winning $150 from The Three Hundred Committee.
The team of Zoriana Petrosyan and Gabriela Polakovich won a 2nd-place award for the project Disinfecting Pond Water with UV Rays, also winning $200 from the Aecern STEM Innovation Award.
Andrew Bielinski won a 2nd-place award for his project Curve of Shortest Distance Over Gradient: The Brachistochrone Curve, also winning $250 from Associates of Cape Cod.
1st-Place Award Winners:
Ava Warner won a 1st-place award for her project the Stress Test, also winning $250 from Woods Hole Research Center.
Angus Zuwallack won a 1st-place award for his project A Breathtaking Experiment, also winning $250 from Woods Hole Group.
Andrew Mark Welch won a 1st-place prize for his project The Effect of Agitation on Bacterial Communities in Switchgrass, also winning the Salt Pond Area Bird Sanctuaries Dr. Howard Zinn 2nd place award worth $250.
The team of Nathaniel Evans and Hannah Willy won a 1st-place award for the project the Effect of Magnus Force on a Soccer Ball, also winning $500 from Northeast Fisheries Science Center.
Cate Brodie won a 1st-place award for the project Does Pipe Composition Affect Chloride Levels in Drinking Water?, also winning $500 from Woods Hole Sea Grant and a $75 gift certificate to the WHOI Discovery Center & Gift Shop.
Milo Van Mooy won a 1st-place award for the project The “Phate” is in the Soil, also winning $250 from Falmouth Water Stewards as well as the Salt Pond Area Bird Sanctuaries Dr. Howard Zinn 1st-place award worth $750.
Katrina Wilson won a 1st place award for her project Do the Surface, Time, and Water Content Affect Food Contamination? also winning $1,000 from Notus Clean Energy, a $75 gift certificate to the WHOI Discovery Center & Gift Shop, and a scholarship from Sea Education Association: $5,000 toward their College Sea Semester or $2,000 toward their High School SeaScape Program.
Charles Xu won a 1st-place prize for the project Optimizing Saccharomyces cerevisiae Fermentation for Bioethanol Production, also winning $1,000 from Teledyne Marine Systems and The Marine Biological Laboratory Dr. Arnold Clark Scholarship worth $1,000 towards- his future college/university.
Siobhan Morris won a 1st-place prize for her project A Correlation Telescope Lens Aperture and Image Resolution, also winning $1,000 from Teledyne Marine Systems, a $75 gift certificate to the WHOI Discovery Center & Gift Shop, and The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Mary Sears Scholarship worth $3,000 toward her future college/university.