Students at Chapel Hill-Chauncy Hall have been developing their hypotheses, gathering data, and practicing their presentations for over a month, and last week they eagerly displayed their findings to the spectators and judges of the 2013 Science Fair. From the growth rate of bacteria on people’s hands, to comparing the cleanliness of a dog’s mouth to a human’s, these were experiments that impressed spectators and judges alike.
The head of the science department at Chapel Hill-Chauncy Hall, Bill Gostylo, has overseen the science fair for twelve years, and was impressed by the scale and attention to detail of this year’s projects.
“The students really cared about, and put a lot of effort into these projects,” said Gostylo. “It’s exciting to see the projects getting better and better each year.”
With the senior class graduating in just a few weeks, Gostylo is hopeful that the lessons learned in this year’s science fair will carry on for a lifetime, “The ability to complete a long term project, work with a partner, and solve problems along the way are all traits that these students demonstrated, and ones that they will continue to utilize throughout their life.”
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Science Fair Award Recipients:
Ninth Grade Conceptual Physics
First Place: Ben Kline & Sam Nesin-Perna, “Gummy Bear Volume”
Honorable Mention: Eric Crain & Cheyenne Bates, “Magnetic Force vs. Distance”
Honorable Mention: Mindy Li & Brady Su, “Fruit Battery”
Tenth Grade Chemistry
First Place: Devon Franklin & Em Arbetter, “Pesticides & Strawberries”
Honorable Mention: Michele Sun & Steven Fu, “Properties of Handmade Soap”
Honorable Mention: Sam Hertzel & Max Lemke, “Making Plastic from Milk”
Eleventh Grade Biology
First Place: Chloe Briskin, “Antioxidant Effectiveness in Heartbeat Restoration after Free Radical Damage”
Honorable Mention: Anna Xu, “Food Energy: Natural vs. Transgenic”
Honorable Mention: Grant Li & Phu Doan Pham, “Investigation of the Five-Second Rule”
First Place: Jonah Spector, “Visual Memory”
Honorable Mention: Alessandro Millor, “Multitasking: Does It Really Work?”
Honorable Mention: Nick Mankiw, “The Dying Guitar Note”