St. Martha School holds Science Fair

By Lisa Stone - ReminderNews
Enfield - posted Thu., Feb. 6, 2014
Ciara Logan, Tabitha Hinkle and Jillian Andleman (not pictured) won first place by proving a thermos kept liquid hotter longer than Styrofoam or ceramic containers. Photos by Lisa Stone.
Ciara Logan, Tabitha Hinkle and Jillian Andleman (not pictured) won first place by proving a thermos kept liquid hotter longer than Styrofoam or ceramic containers. Photos by Lisa Stone.

Saint Martha School of Enfield held its third annual Science Fair on Jan. 30. All seventh- and eighth-graders were able to enter their science projects for the chance to win a trip to the annual Connecticut Science and Engineering Fair, which takes place March 11-15.

Eighth-grader Nick Good explained his project. “I used Borax and water to prove my hypothesis,” said Good. “I believed that temperature had a bearing on how fast crystals formed. I set up three jars of the mixture of borax and water and then placed a string into the solution. After three tests of different temperatures, I discovered that the crystals formed the best in the refrigerator. That proved that the colder temperature formed the most crystals.”

Third place went to three seventh-graders: Madison Langh, Jasmine Yard and Shelby Arcouette. Their experiment was Crystallizing Fudge. “We really wanted to work with a food product,” said Yard. “We all like fudge, so we thought we should find out what temperature the fudge crystallizes best at.”

“We did nine batches to get our results,” added Langh. “We tested the fudge at room temperature, in the fridge and in the freezer.”

“It was the batch that was left out at room temperature that had the most crystals,” said Arcouette. “The actual experiment took less than an hour and we proved our hypothesis.”

Second place went to Amy Mistri, Melissa Scanlon and Rachel Lagasse. They proved that the riper strawberries produced the most DNA. “Strawberries are our favorite fruit, so we chose to use it for our experiment,” said Mistri. “The seeds contain the majority of the DNA and the riper the strawberry, the fuller the seeds.”

The first place winners were Ciara Logan, Tabitha Hinkle and Jillian Andleman. They tested a thermos, a Styrofoam container and a ceramic container to see which one is truly more efficient for keeping liquids hotter. “We did three tests on each container and checked the temperatures after a set time,” said Hinkle. “We took the average of all three tests and decided which was higher.”

“The thermos won,” said Logan. “The Styrofoam has little gaps of air in between little Styrofoam balls. We thought that this would help to keep the liquid warmer. We were surprised to find that the thermos did a better job. In between the layers of the thermos there are spaces that are void of any air. That is what keeps the liquid hotter.”

The girls expressed their excitement for going on to the state science fair this March. “This is so exciting. I can’t wait to go to the science fair. This will be the first time for me,” said Logan.

The winners of the St. Martha’s Science Fair included Ciara Logan, Tabitha Hinkle Jillian Andleman, Jasmine Yard, Shelby Arcouette, Madison Langh, Joe DeVito, Allyona Angel, Amy Mistri, Melissa Scanlon and Rachel Lagasse.

“I think this science fair is great,” said student Lucas Reyes. “It challenges students to bring new potential that they probably didn’t even know they had.”


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