Goggles and beakers and Petri dishes, oh my! Students in the fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth grades at the Jesuit Academy held the sixth annual Science Fair in the school gym on April 11. This year's fair showcased 39 projects and was the first year that engineering projects were included. This was also the first year that the fair included the fifth grade class, who partnered together to create some intriguing projects. In addition, the fair was attended by over 80 outside guests, including Jesuit Academy board members, mentors, volunteers, tutors from Creighton Prep High School and various friends of the school.
With the help of the fair moderator and science teacher Mike Mansour and Magis teacher Andrew DeLeonardis, students selected their topics in March and began their experiments soon after. Each conducted their own background research and wrote and a full lab report detailing the research and the experiment. Last, they completed a cardboard display to showcase their experiment and findings. Several of the projects were funded by private donations and grants.
Congratulations to the following students: Overall Winner - Zion Price, 7th grade (Comparative Anatomy); 8th Grade Top Projects (Tie) Eduardo Aguilar (Wind Turbine Blade Design) and Jaylen Smith (Smartphone Controlled Robot); 7th Grade Top Projects Janaeco Richards (Headphone Decibel Rating) and William Worthington (Urine Dehydration Analysis);
6th Grade Top Projects Darryl York & Gordon Taylor (Computer Model of Invasive Species) and Henry Lewis & Zane Nichols (School Insulation Analysis) and 5th Grade Top Project TJ Griffin & Eric Jordan (Fire Torndado). Honorable Mentions were awarded to eighth graders Jordan Flowers for (Motor Efficiency) and Kevin Williams for (Lighting Techniques) and sixth graders Daevier Kellogg & Foundation One (Worm Composting).
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