Young scientists showed off their research skills during the Copiague Middle School’s annual science fair on Dec. 12.
This year, 28 projects completed by seventh- and eighth-grade students were chosen for submission. Students enrolled in a science or science research class conducted experiments, either alone or with a partner, and explained and displayed their results on a poster board.
This year’s judges included Copiague Chamber of Commerce members, SUNY faculty members, Walter G’ Connell Copiague High School and Copiague Middle School science teachers, Copiague School District administrators, Copiague alumni and Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School science research students. Students presented their findings and spoke about their research as the judges walked around the gymnasium.
On Dec. 19, science fair participants gathered in the library for a special awards ceremony and recognition. Copiague Middle School Science Chairperson Dr. Daniel Lecesse and Copiague Middle School Principal Andrew Lagnado distributed trophies, certificates, monetary awards and a laptop to the winners, donated by the Copiague Chamber of Commerce.
First place was awarded to Kuba Szulejko for his project on “Distracted Walking.” Second-place honors went to Amani Hodge for “Does Age Affect the Ability to Remember a Dream?” and Johnell Hankerson II for “Glove Expansion.” In third place, the winners were Sebastian Ortiz for “Does Surface Area Affect Evaporation?;” Bradley Williams for “Burning Calories;” and Jennifer Calderon for “Ph. vs. Plant Growth.” Six other projects were recognized for honorable mentions.