Students Display Talents, Hard Work at Science Fair

40 Students Receive Gold Awards, Advance to Regionals
Posted on 01/24/2018
Allison Lau poses with her project at the science fair.2018 Science Fair participants

Fifty-six students displayed their scientific, presentation and public speaking skills at the NBJH science fair Jan. 20 

The science fair showcases the semester-long projects created by students who were enrolled in the Independent Science Research class. 

Mr. Mark Frye, Mrs. Pam Mendelson, and Mrs. Amber Paull work with each student to come up with an experiment based on his or her interests, then guides each student through the process.

“Designing an experiment that is of their own choosing -- thinking about how to control it, what materials they are going to use, how many trials they are going to do -- is really the authentic work of a scientist,” Mr. Frye said.

Each student made a presentation to a panel of three judges at the science fair. The judges evaluated the oral presentation, the written work and scientific method of the experiments based on a rubric set by the Illinois Jr. Academy of Science.

“I have a passion for marine biology and, why not get a jump on it?” said 7th-grade student, Parvi Bhatnagar, who studied how different types of fish react to different sounds and lights. “I wrote a 20-page paper that I’m really proud of.”

Max Glaubinger, an 8th-grader, also participated in the class last year. His project was “Text Size: Which Size is Best for Math Tests?”

“It’s a lot of work. But once you get through it, you feel very accomplished. It’s a great emotion to feel,” Max said.

Forty students received gold awards and will advance to the Illinois Jr. Science Academy regional competition on March 10 at Niles North High School. Sixteen students received silver awards. There were no Bronze awards.
You can view a list of gold award winners and the titles of their projects.

Learn more about the science fair by watching the video here!