Judges at the Southeastern Massachusetts Regional (Region V) Middle School Science and Engineering Fair selected eight Newton Country Day School of the Sacred Heart seventh and eighth graders to present their projects at the Massachusetts State Science Fair.
More than 160 students, including twelve girls from Newton Country Day, presented research projects and engineering projects at the April 28 Region V Science Fair held at Regis College. The students represented public, private, home-schools, and religious schools.
At the Awards Ceremony, C. Page ’16 was presented Third Place for her engineering project “Plant Hydration Station.” E. Erler ’16 earned Fourth Place for her project titled “The Candle Extinguisher” created in the genre of a Rube Goldberg engineering challenge. The eighth grade team of C. Diggins ’16 and A. Rosovsky ’16 won Honorable Mention for their “Speeds and Surfaces” experiment designed to test the speed which a homemade car travels across ice, grass, and asphalt. The goal was to determine which of three sets of wheels of different diameters combines with a terrain to provide the greatest distance traveled in the shortest amount of time.
Another four Newton Country Day School Region V presenters won bids to enter their projects at the state level. The eighth grade team of S. Duehren ’16 and C. Kelly ’16 created an engineering project titled “Fruit Ninja.” Seventh grader G. Lakis ’17 tested five cleaning agents to see which one eradicates the most Escherichia coli bacteria for her “Clean to the Extreme” project. And in a research project on short-term memory, I. Neckermann ’17 tested the effects of warm and cool colors in printed fonts.
The Massachusetts State Middle School Science and Engineering Fair will be held at Worcester Technical High School on June 2, 2012.
Newton Country Day School students who also presented at the Region V Science and Engineering Fair were: C. Boucher ’17 with her research project “What Color Food Dish Attracts More Crickets,” P. Power ’17 with her project “The Effect of Fertilizers on Plant Growth,” C. Sullivan ’16 showcasing her engineering project “Burning Rubber,” and E. Warner ’17 with her research on “Which Plastic Bag is the Most Effective for Holding Contents.”