Students Qualify for Regional Science Fair

Students Qualify for Regional Science Fair
Posted on 01/31/2020
Regional science fair qualifiers

Northbrook Junior High held its annual science fair Jan. 25, with 52 students participating. The science fair is the culmination of semester-long projects created by students enrolled in the Independent Science Research Class.

Each student made a presentation to a panel of three judges explaining their research. The judges evaluate the oral presentation, the written work and scientific method of the experiments based on an Illinois Junior Academy of Science rubric.

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 completely 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.

This year 34 students received a gold award, qualifying them for the Illinois Junior Academy of Science regional competition, which will be held March 7 at Niles North High School. Students will be judged again for a chance to advance to the state competition.

Students advancing to regionals are: Back row: Will Steele, Yianny Caparos, Euben Ko, Steve Cho

2nd back row: Steffen White, William Soh, Owen Giannoulias, Harrison Kriston, Shon Ginzburg, Zizi Mateja, Morgan Bergeron, Leah Goldberg, Alice Smagorinsky

3rd back row: Jeehyung Yoo, Riley Brown, Andy Shen, Max Gutfraynd, Carly Pufpaf, Claire Dolan, Lara White, Ellie Farber, Avery Paterson, Sarah Kramer, Carissa Lau

Front row:Jacob Karp, Andrew Goldshteyn, Sam Vishnevskiy, Victoria Pekala, Haley Schaff, Christina Peters, Yesha Mistry, Ruby Werber.

Not pictured is Katie Carpenter, Dani Gichner.

 Aver Paterson with her science fair project, “Clean Water With Charcoal,” Euben Ko with his project “Effects of Climate Change on Fresh Water Marine Life.”
 Riley Brown with his project, “The Detriemental Effect of Acid Rain on Plants,” Carrisa Lau with her project, with “The Influence of Varied Metals on Daphnia Magna.” 

A sampling of the award-winning projects displayed at the science fair. Starting top left, clock wise, is: 

Avery Paterson, “Clean Water With Charcoal,” Euben Ko with “Effects of Climate Change on Fresh Water Marine Life,” Carissa Lau with “The Influence of Varied Metals on Daphnia Magna,” and  Riley Brown with “The Detrimental Effect of Acid Rain on Plants.”