Albert Einstein once said: “The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge, but imagination.” Well, our 6th-8th graders showed a tremendous amount of knowledge and imagination at the annual CDS Middle School Science Fair. A quick walk around the Ulam K’lalee to view this year’s project boards revealed that these students are really thinking “outside the box” with titles like: “Unlearning False Information in Deep Fake Videos,” “The Effect of pH on Lead Solubility in Water” And “The Development of Virtual Creatures”.
Our future scientists tackled topics like: renewable/clean energy sources, thermodynamics, microbiology, and human memory/recall ability. Each student was interviewed by at least three judges and was required to explain their hypothesis, independent variable, dependent variable, and conclusion. Our Middle Schoolers were confident as they presented their projects, because of the high-quality projects that they produced. If you missed the open Science Fair viewing hours, you can view photos of all of the CDS 2020 Science Fair boards or stop by tomorrow between 7:30-8:30 a.m.
Each grade has a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place finisher, as well as 1-2 honorable mentions. These winning students will then go on to the Pittsburgh Regional Science and Engineering Fair at Carnegie Science Center on March 25. Middle School science teacher Kyle Ison has put forth a monumental effort to make our Science Fair such a huge success. From countless hours of helping students in and out of the classroom to arranging judges and creating rubrics, Ms. Ison is the motor that keeps our Science Fair running smoothly. This year, we also had 13 5th graders who did voluntary Science Fair projects with the help of our LS/IS Science Teacher Jess Burdge. These students will definitely be Science Fair-ready when they are in 6th Grade next year! Thank you also to Learning Innovation Coach Dr. Jackie Barnes for coordinating the judges and helping with several other details.
In a special honor this year, 8th Grade students Talia G., Akiva W. and Tali H-G. were awarded the Community Day School Young Scientist Award. This award was presented in recognition of superior and consistent Science Fair Achievement to 8th Grade students who won at the school Science Fair during their 6th and 7th Grade years and also attended the Pittsburgh Regional Science and Engineering Fair. We celebrate these young scientists who create, discover, and innovate, and look forward to seeing what they will achieve in the future.
Congratulations to all of the Science Fair participants, and good luck to the winners at regionals!
2020 CDS Middle School Science Fair Winners
1st: Talia G.: The Effect of pH on Lead Solubility in Water
2nd: Yan S.: How The Brain Perceives Time
3rd: Roi L./Amit B.: How Distractions Affect Everyday Life
HM: Leah H.: The Effect of Anti-Fungal on Mold
HM: Samuel R.: Do People Try Harder When They Expect An Immediate Reward?
1st: Sam T.: Unlearning False Information From Deepfake Videos
2nd: Eli K.: The Development of Virtual Creatures
3rd: Phineas H.: Water Purification Comparison: Distillation vs. Iodine
3rd: Rebecca Y.: The Effectiveness of Aquaponics vs. Soil
HM: Ben P.: Using Motors To Test Motor Efficiency With A Bike Generator
HM: Hannah A.: Synesthesia: An Aid to Memorization
1st: Maya G.: Take a Brake! Testing Bicycle Braking Methods to Minimize Brake Overheating
E1st: Maayan B.: The Impact Of Stress And Thoughts On Our Performance
2nd: Milana G.: The Effect of Extracted Bismuth on Plant Growth
3rd: Roni P.: The Effect Of Technology Use On The Vision Of Children
HM: Madeline H.: The Effect of Acidic and Basic Liquids On Lead
HM: Maya A./Rotem A.: Which Drinks Make Ice Melt Faster?