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Rocket scientists showcase varied interests at annual science fair

Rocket scientists showcase varied interests at annual science fair

Student showcased their varied interests at the Science Department’s annual science fair on Thursday, Jan. 25, some using their love of plants, baking, or sunshine as the basis for their projects.

Projects ranged from The Use of a Sterling Engine to Produce Energy from the Heat of an Attic to How Spider Tack Affects Spin Rate. Sophomore Josie Fortin, first-place winner, explored the how well fabrics block UV rays when washed with a UV blocking laundry additive, while sophomore Lauren Radtke, second-place winner, investigated how the location of a city affects the natural water microplastics.

Science Department Chair Ms. Mary Dennemann said, “We are proud of all the students who participated, including our Science NHS students who used their science talents to help lead and encourage the younger students in their science exploration.”

After presenting their science fair projects here at McNicholas, and a few were selected to continue in the District Science Fair. Three of our students: Annemarie Wolfer, Ryan Dorr, and Josie Fortin received GE Aerospace Engineering Awards for their presentations and all three and Addy Russo also received Excellent ratings for their presentations. Great work Rockets!  

McNicholas Science Fair Awards

 Four of our students: Ryan Dorr, Josie Fortin, Addy Russo, and Annemarie Wolfer received Excellent ratings for their presentations 

Three students: Ryan Dorr, Josie Fortin, and Annemarie Wolfer received GE Aerospace Engineering Awards  

First Place 

Josie Fortin | Which fabric material blocks the most UV rays when washed with a UV blocking laundry additive?  

Second Place 

Lauren Radtke | How does the location of a city affect the natural water microplastics content?  

Third Place 

 Katherine Baillie | Testing the thickness (viscosity) of different homemade yogurts 

Honorable Mentions 

Clare Goldbach | What fabric keeps soil the warmest?  

Sam Orlando | Noise cancellation in Apple Airpod Pros vs. Apple wired earbuds 

Ben Plessinger | Does soil affect plant growth?  

Special Awards 

Governor’s Award in Advanced Materials 

Ryan Dorr | How does spider tack affect spin rate?  

Governor’s Award in Advanced or Alternative Energy 

Annmarie Wolfer | Can a sterling engine be used to produce energy from the heat of a house’s attic?  

National Association of Biology Teachers 

Addy Russo | How do different vegan egg substitutes affect the density of muffins?   

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