Northbrook Junior High stormed through the regional science fair on Saturday, March 4, and brought home the division championship trophy for the seventh year in a row.
This year was particularly successful, according to Science Teacher Pam Mendelson because three students won best in category, and nine other students received awards.
Held at Niles North High School, the regional competition included nearly 500 projects in 16 categories by students in grades 7 through 12, Mendelson said. The team brought home 19 gold medals and five silver medals.
Sixteen students and a first alternate qualified for state competition, which will be held at Northern Illinois University on May 5 and 6.
Three students who received best in category awards were Sophia Sparacio, Changwoo Yu and Ellie Bosacoma. Two students received special recognition: Lauren Segal won a certificate from the Navy and Matthew Carr won the Optical Society award. Other students who received awards for scoring in the top 10 percent in their category were Abby Knebelkamp, Colin Redmond, Derrick Chen, and Paige Lawrence.
Mendelson attributes NBJH’s student success to the Independent Study elective class, which is taught by science teachers Mark Fry (7th grade), Pam Mendelson (8th Grade) and Amber Paull (8th grade). As an elective science class, any 7th- or 8th-grade student can participate. The skills that the students use in the semester-long class align with the Next Generation Science Standards.
“The students design an experiment, take and analyze data, ask great questions, do their own research, and have to understand other people’s research. I think this is the epitome of Next Generation (Science Standards),” Mendelson said.
Congratulations to all!
Sixteen students qualified for state Science Fair from Northbrook Junior High after winning gold or silver medals at the Regional Science Fair held March 4 at Niles North High School.
Five Northbrook Junior High students received special recognition at the March 4 Regional Science Fair held at Niles North High School. They are, from left, Sophia Sparacio, Changwoo Yu and Ellie Bosacoma, who received Best in Category Awards, Lauren Segal, who won a Navy award and Matthew Carr, who won the Optical Society Award.