Science Fair Showcases Student Curiosity

Projects Highlight Independent Science Research
Posted on 01/24/2017
Independent Science Research students

Is your phone killing your memory? Is the will to take a risk based on age? Does music affect long-term memory? Those are just three of the 43 questions seventh- and eighth-grade students spent the fall semester exploring as part of the Independent Science Research class.

Each student was required to develop a question and use scientific method to research and attempt to answer his or her question. Two independent judges reviewed the projects during a science fair Saturday, Jan. 21. The judges awarded bronze, silver and gold awards based on a rubric. Of 43 participants, 27 students received a gold award and qualified to advance to the regional science fair, the Illinois Junior Academy of Science, in March.

“The ISR is a one-of-a-kind class that pushes students to explore something they are truly interested in. They pick their topic and design their own experiment. They find the books and resources they think will help them understand their topic,” said science teacher Mark Frye, who is one of three science teachers who mentor the students.

Those students advancing to regionals are: Annamarie Arner, Sohan Bellam, Jennifer Bodel, Eleanor Bosacoma, Kyle Burke, Matthew Carr, Derrik Chen, Grace DiPietro, William Erens, Luke Fahrney, Jack Fitzharris, Hayden Gansberg, Maxwell Glaubinger, Courtney Grenier, Abigail Knebelkamp, Angie Kusnetzow, Paige Lawrence, Joe McDevitt, Colin Redmond, Lauren Segal, Sophia Sparacio, Lily Uyenishi, Baeyoung Yoo, Gawon Yoo, Dylan Yoss, Changwoo Yu, and Jason Zhao.

Independent Science Research students

Congratulations to everyone who participated!