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Results from the Rome Science Fair 2016

The Rome Academy of Sciences conducted the 59th Annual Rome Science Fair. The Rome Science Fair is comprised of three separate events. The Jr. Science Fair was held at Staley Middle School on Wednesday, Feb 24th; the Jr./Sr. Science Fair was held at NY State School for the Deaf on Wednesday, Mar 2nd, and the Sr. Science Fair was held on Saturday Mar 12th. The theme for this year’s science fair was “The Future of Drones”

The Junior Science Fair at Staley Upper Elementary School included those students in the 5th and 6th grades. There were a total of 103 students competing for ten cash awards plus Trophies.  The three Categories were 1) Display, 2) Demonstration, and 3) Experimentation.  The awards were $50 for 1st and $25 for 2nd for each of the three categories. This year we also awarded prizes for best in 5th and best in 6th grades. The awards were $50 for 1st and $25 for 2nd for each of the two grades.

The Jr./Sr. Science Fair at NYS School for the Deaf Fair was held at the Deaf School. Eleven students participated in this Fair, with six entries in the Junior Division and five in the Senior Division. The awards in the Junior and Senior Categories were $100 for 1st place, $75 for 2nd place, and $50 for 3rd place.

The Senior Science Fair, there were a total of 54 students in 36 entries for 40 awards. For the Categories and Grades, the awards were $100 for 1st place and $75 for 2nd place. There were three specialty awards: 1) $100 – Walter J. Gyngell Physics Award; 2) $100 – Teachers’ Award; and, 3) DESTINY Award – this year was a Balloon Car contest, with a rophy for 1st place.   The “Best of Fair Awards – Senior Science Fair” were subdivided into three major categories: a) Team Awards, 17 teams judged for the Team Awards of $500 for 1st place and $250 for 2nd place; b) Eight categories competed for the Applied Sciences Award – $500 for 1st Place and $250 2nd place; and, c) STEM Awards – six categories competed for a two-year Presidential Scholarship from MVCC valued at over $7,500 for 1st Place and $400 for 2nd Place.

The Rome Science Fair continues to be a total Rome community event. Even during these hard economic times, the Rome Academy of Sciences is proud to say that 31 companies and organizations served as sponsors for this year’s Science Fair. Great job Rome NY! Special thanks to Byrne Dairy, Ferlo’s Bakery, RFA-AFJROTC, and the Rome Board of Education for their continued support.

The Corporate Sponsors for this year’s Science Fair were: a) Jr. Science Fair – Kicks for Kids Foundation; b) Jr./Sr. Science Fair – Rome Sentinel, Rome Rotary, and Wal-Mart; and, c) Sr. Science Fair – Assured Information Systems for Team Awards, Merrill Lynch for Applied Sciences Awards, and MVCC and Berkshire Bank for the STEM Awards.

The following are the award winners and the associated category sponsors:

Junior Science Fair:      Sponsored by   Kicks for Kids Foundation

The winners for the Display Category

2nd place: Lilly Gilroy & Dominick Gratch, 6th Grade, “Why Doesn’t a Ball Fly Backwards When Thrown in a Moving Vehicle?”

1st place: Eva Rutkowski, 5th Grade,”Sugar in Soft Drinks”

The winners for the Demonstration Category

2nd place: Katelyn Boyer, 5th Grade, “Rainbow in a Jar”

1st place: Alexis Stevens, 5th Grade, “Rainbow Prism”

The winners for the Experiment Category

2nd place: Lydia Mullen, 6th Grade, “Will Different Types of Vinegar Affect the Outcome of a Self-Inflating Balloon?”

1st place: Emily Toth-Ratazzi, 5th Grade, “Dry Ice – How Does it Work?’

The winners for the 5th Grade

2nd place: Jack Wood & Christian Faroni, “Oobleck”

1st place: Katelyn Boyer, “Rainbow in a Jar”

The winners for the 6th Grade

2nd place: Tanner Brawdy & Eddie Rakowski, “Which Brand of Cube is the Fastest to Solve?”

1st place: Bethany Beeman, “What Contaminations are in Our Soil and Snow?”

NYS School for the Deaf Science Award: Sponsored by Rome Rotary, Rome Sentinel, and Wal-Mart

Junior Division:

3rd place: Katie Hence, 5th Grade, “Diffusion”

2nd place: Evan Hawkins, 6th Grade, “Density”

1st place: Cody Sharpsteen, 6th Grade, “Surface Tension”

Senior Division:

3rd place: Jonathan Allen, 8th Grade, “What Melts Ice?”

2nd place: Arif Cajic, 8th Grade, “Acid Indicator”

1st place: Hunter Ocmand, 7th Grade, “Making Plastic from Milk”

Senior Science Fair:

Categories:

  1. Behavioral and Social Science (sponsor: Birnie Bus Services, Inc.):

2nd Place: Elizabeth Johnson, “Neurodiversity”, RFA, 12th Grade

1st Place: Anthony Carambia and Vincent Argenzia, “Transcendence: The Story of Humanity”, RFA, 11th Grade

  1. Biochemistry (sponsor: Price Chopper of Rome [Golub Foundation]):

Sorry, but no Entries This Year

  1. Botany (sponsor: Kris Tech Wire):

Sorry, but no Entries This Year

  1. Chemistry (sponsor: Revere Copper Products):

2nd Place: Camryn Stamboly and Jared Smaldon, “Forensics”, RFA, 12th Grade

1st Place: Nicole Jeselson, “A Replacement for Road Salt”, RFA, 10th Grade

  1. Computer Science (sponsor: Harris Corporation):

1st Place: Rowan Call, “Thermo Electric Effect on PC Cooling”, RFA, 10th Grade

  1. Earth Sciences (sponsor: Deployed Resources LLC)

1st Place: Brendan Kilpatrick and Matt Abreu, “What the Frack?”, RFA, 12th Grade

  1. Engineering (sponsor: Association of Old Crows):

1st Place: Danny Loreto and Dalton Eastup, “Solar Panel Energy”, RFA, 12th Grade

  1. Environmental Sciences (sponsor: FPM Group):

2nd Place: Katelyn Testa and Carlie Noecker, “Environmental Science”, RFA, 12 Grade

1st Place: Nicholas Wenndt, “H2O, Do you Know?”, RFA, 11th Grade

  1. Mathematics (sponsor: Mohawk Valley Section of IEEE):

1st Place: Ryan Samuels and Marco Pasqualetti, “Parabolic Equations”, RFA, 12th Grade

  1. Medicine and Health (sponsor: Rome Memorial Hospital):

2nd Place: Chloe Call, “Dog Sense”, RFA, 9th Grade

1st Place: Nicole Hanrahan and Kaylee Holmes, “Acid Rain”, RFA, 11th Grade

  1. Microbiology (sponsor: Mohawk Glen Imaging, PC):

2nd Place: Hannah McCullough and Jamie Fleck, “Bacteria Growth”, Strough, 8th Grade

1st Place: John George, “Spatial Self-Recognition in Physarum Polycephalum”, RFA, 9th Grade

  1. Physics (sponsor: Alion Science and Technology):

2nd Place: Victoria Passalacqua and Jade Jarvis, “Calculating the Speed of Light”, Strough, 8th Grade

1st Place: Sven van Hoesel, “Thar She Blows – Optimizing Balloon Powered Cars”, Strough, 7th Grade

  1. Space Sciences (sponsor: Wal-Mart):

Sorry, but no Entries This Year

  1. Zoology (sponsor: Research Associates of Syracuse):

1st Place: Daniel Bailey and Danielle Meyers, “Zoology”, RFA, 12th Grade

Grades:

7th: (sponsor: Rome Fire Dept Benevolent Association):

1st Place: Sven van Hoesel, “Thar She Blows – Optimizing Balloon Powered Cars”, Physics, Strough

8th: (sponsor: AmeriCU Credit Union):

2nd Place: Victoria Passalacqua and Jade Jarvis, “Calculating the Speed of Light”, Physics, Strough

1st Place: Hannah McCullough and Jamie Fleck, “Bacteria Growth”, Microbiology, Strough

9th: (sponsor: Wal-Mart):

2nd Place: Chloe Call, “Dog Sense”, Medicine and Health, RFA

1st Place: John George, “Spatial Self-Recognition in Physarum Polycephalum”, Microbiology, RFA

10th: (sponsor: Booz Allen Hamilton):

2nd Place: Rowan Call, “Thermo Electric Effect on PC Cooling”, Computer Science, RFA

1st Place: Nicole Jeselson, “A Replacement for Road Salt”, Chemistry, RFA

11th: (sponsor: Toccolana Club of Rome)

2nd Place: Emma Gilroy, “The History in the Trees”, Environmental Sciences, RFA

1st Place: Bethany Weir, “Growing Greener Buildings”, Environmental Sciences, RFA

12th: (sponsor: Friends of Science):

2nd Place: David Jeselson, “Deflategate”, Physics, RFA

1st Place: Tessa Zmudosky and Sarah Alshaman, “Environmental Causes of CANCER in Our Area”, Environmental Sciences, RFA

Specialty Awards:

  1. Walter J. Gyngell Physics Award (sponsor: Family of Walter J. Gyngell):

1st Place: Victoria Passalacqua and Jade Jarvis, “Calculating the Speed of Light”, Physics, Strough, 8th Grade

  1. Teachers’ Award (sponsor: Rome Teachers Association):

1st Place: John George, “Spatial Self-Recognition in Physarum Polycephalum”, Microbiology, RFA, 9th Grade

  1. DESTINY Award (IESolutions & MANIAC Consulting):

1st Place, Trophy: Sven van Hoesel, “Thar She Blows – Optimizing Balloon Powered Cars”, Physics, Strough, 7th Grade,

Distances:  27ft 11in, 34ft, and 35ft 6in

“Best of Fair” Awards:

1. Team Awards (sponsor: Assured Information Security, Inc.):

2nd Place: $250: Hannah McCullough and Jamie Fleck, “Bacteria Growth”, Microbiology, Strough, 8th Grade

1st Place: $500: Nicole Hanrahan and Kaylee Holmes, “Acid Rain”, Medicine and Health, RFA, 11th Grade

2.   Applied Sciences Awards (sponsor: Merrill Lynch):

2nd Place ($250): Nicole Hanrahan and Kaylee Holmes, “Acid Rain”, Medicine and Health, RFA, 11th Grade

1st Place ($500): John George, “Spatial Self-Recognition in Physarum Polycephalum”, Microbiology, RFA, 9th Grade

3.   STEM Award (sponsor: MVCC and Berkshire Bank)

2nd Place ($400): Rowan Call, “Thermo Electric Effect on PC Cooling”, Computer Science, RFA, 10th Grade

1st Place (Two Year Presidential Scholarship – $7,500): Nicole Jeselson, “A Replacement for Road Salt”, Chemistry, RFA, 10th Grade

Announcing the 2016 Science Fair Destiny Challenge

The 2016 Science Fair Destiny Challenge will be a Balloon Powered Car distance competition! You can find details about similar balloon powered cars at sciencebuddies.org.

Cars can also be entered in the Science Fair as an Engineering category project. Full rules will be published later.

The Science Fair will be March 12th, 2016 at 8am (the second Saturday); do not forget to register. We can’t wait to see what you make and how far your car can drive!