by Kevin Nugent, Middle School Science Teacher
A huge congratulations to middle school students Chayse, Gryffin, Avi, Tadan, Phoenix, Chloë, Phoebe and Lola for their outstanding performance at CSEF, the Colorado Science and Engineering Fair, held on the Colorado State University Campus in Ft Collins April 7th and 8th. These student scientists qualified for the state level by first competing and qualifying at the Denver Metro Regional Science and Engineering Fair February 25-28th, where the top 3 students in each category advanced to the state competition.
Students received Special Awards, awards that are given by specific organizations in recognition of the students specific research. These Special Awards came from the Colorado Native Plant Society, and the Colorado Medical Society, as well as a Pioneers of Science Awards, which honors the student research that aligns with pioneers in science (scientists such as Dian Fossey).
Lastly, students earned places in the overall standings as well, taking 3rd and 4th place in the Health and Medicine categories, 4th in the Environmental Sciences category, and 2nd in the Microbiology and Molecular Biology category.
Once again, congratulations on an amazing science fair process. YAY! Science!
Given by specific organizations in recognition of the students research.
Chayse: Colorado Native Plant Society, cash award
Chloë: Colorado Medical Society, summer internship and cash award
Pioneer of Science Awards
An award to honor the student research that aligns with pioneers in science, e.g. Dian Fossey
Overall in fair awards, by category
Avi, Tadan, Phoenix, 3rd place. Medicine and Health
Chloë, 4th place. Medicine and Health
Chayse, 4th place, Environmental Sciences
Gryffin, 2nd place, Microbiology and Molecular Biology
Below are the students’ topics of their research:
- Gryffin: Toothpaste Trauma. The Relationship Between Toothpaste and Percentage Change in Bacteria
- Lola and Phoebe: Headway of Headache? The Relationship Between the Biologic Reaction of Learning Online vs. Learning in Person.
- Avi, Tadan, Phoenix: Go With the Flow: The Relationship Between Frequency and Brainwaves
- Chloë: TATAA, Celiac. A Proposed Model for Celiac DNA Isolation, Intervention, and Cure
- Chayse: Ponder This. How Wildfire Smoke Affects the Growth and Health of Ponderosa Pine Trees