Norwalk Schools Celebrate Science Fair Participants

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Colleen Rumsey's first grade class at Naramake Elementary School won an award for Best Class Project at the Norwalk Science Fair Awards ceremony.
Colleen Rumsey's first grade class at Naramake Elementary School won an award for Best Class Project at the Norwalk Science Fair Awards ceremony. Photo Credit: Casey Donahue

NORWALK, Conn. -- The Norwalk school community came together for an awards ceremony honoring the students who participated in this year's Science Fair.

The Science Fair was held in April at Brien McMahon High School and featured projects from all of the Norwalk schools. The students came up with hypotheses, conducted research and experiments, and presented their findings to a team of judges that consisted of teachers, administrators and industry professionals.

"I had a chance to come to Brien McMahon and walk through the gymnasium where all of these incredibly beautiful science projects were on display and to see just so many wonderful ideas and the research that young people had done and how they came up with their conclusions. It was just wonderful," said Superintendent Manuel Rivera. "The Science Fair, for me, is what learning is all about. It's taking that knowledge, using it, being creative with it and putting it all to work together."

"Our students are involved. They take the time to enter science fairs and to take part in some of the plays I've seen over the past couple weeks, and every time I do that I'm just amazed at how wonderful our children are," said Mayor Harry Rilling.

Science coordinator Thomas Seuch said activities such as science fairs teach students skills, including communication, collaboration and problem-solving. He said those skills would be important later in life, and encouraged students to remember what they learned as they worked on their projects.

"Don't forget the process, because that process is going to stay with you the rest of your life," he said.

The following is a list of all the award winners:

Vanderbilt Best of Fair Awards
K-2: Bridge Design, Conrad Straden
3-5: Does the Taste of Marshmallow Beat the Sight of Cow, Nicole DiLauro
6-8: Corrosion of Aluminum, Matthew Howard
9-12: Sneaker Traction, Miles McQuillan

Pepperidge Farm Best of Fair Awards
K-2: 39 Degrees at 41 North and 73 North, Samangani Kalita
3-5: How to Make a Big Impression, Matteo Ruffo
6-8: Floats Your Boat, William McClung
9-12: Feeling Cuddly Already, Olivia Fassett

Sidney Gerhard Memorial Award
The Power of Conformity, Hannah Towey

The DiCerto Memorial Award
Different Food Colors During Electrophoresis, Jaylin Billie and Keily Calderon

Stew Leonards
Best Project with Food or Health: Lemon Batteries, Ella Valiante

Brooks Lab Coordinator's Award to a Promising Scientist
What Contains More Electrolytes, Samanta Troetti

Dr. Benedict Rich Coordinator's Award to a Promising Scientist
Chew on This, Christian Trofa

Norwalk Lions Club Awards for Class Projects
Christina Fabian's Class
Colleen Rumsey's Class

King Industries Awards
K-2: Organics vs Non-Organics Food, Risa Traub
3-5: The Rise and Fall of Cupcakes, Fiona Malarney and Samantha Campos
6-8: The Rising Power of Cookies, Elisa Howard
9-12: How Evaporation Affects Heating and Cooling, Zachary Pirraglia and Austin Brown

General Electric Awards
K-2: On Thin Ice, Cameron Miller, Abigail Ortolano
3-5: Soil Wars, John Friedichsen
6-8: Effects of Cloud Coverage on Night Temperatures, Derek Engel
9-12: Acids and Bases, Ben Hufnagel

MBI Awards
K-2: Where the WIld Germs Grow, Victoria Faunce
3-5: Bone Appetweet, Lilly Bartilucci and Isabella Bartilucci
6-8: See You in the Stomach, Kayla Davis
9-12: The Stroup Affect, Young vs Old, Caroline Jones and Jaclyn Longo

Norwalk Land Trust Awards
K-2: Dirty Pennies, Lucia Corona
3-5: Location of Radiation, Colby Loughran
6-8: The Effect of the Color of Yogurt, Nina Paolini
9-12: Color Confusion, Lindsay Joseph

Biology Awards
K-2: Germ Mountains on Our Water Fountains, Ella Loughran
3-5 First Place: Where Did the Noise Come From, John Luca Milone and Nicholas Milone
3-5 Second Place: Yeasty Beasties, Tommy Carrano and Zachary Biasetti
6-8 Second Place: Does Gum Make You Dumb, Yanira Matute
6-8 First Place: Beat to Beat, Julia Arsenault
9-12 Second Place: Does Memory Affect Eye Witness Test, Stephanie Mangels and Stephanie Habasinski
9-12 First Place: Effects of Bacteria on Cutting Boards, Nichole Gallagher and Annie Artell

Chemistry Awards
K-2 Second Place: Oxidized Pennies, Oliva Barton
K-2 First Place: Snow Crystals, Faith Ortolano
3-5 Second Place: Can You See It, Joey Camberi and Carly Camberi
3-5 First Place: Heat from Light Bulbs, Alejandro Saldana
6-8 Second Place: Reaction and Paction, Ethan Keyes
6-8 First Place: Creating Biodiesel Using the Power of Enzymes, Keanu Sookraj
9-12 Second Place: Ph Testing, Daniela Abarca
9-12 First Place: Crazy Caramel, Andrew Humphrey and Sophia Fredo

Earth Science Awards
K-2 Second Place: The Spill-Proof Bag, Brennan Catolano
K-2 First Place: Rainbows, Kylie Berrera
3-5 Second Place: Gravity with Stars, Reyna Chong and Alyssa Buffone
3-5 First Place: Laws of Complimentary Colors, Sophia Magnifico
6-8 Second Place: The Porosity of Rocks, Sarah Wink
6-8 First Place: Water Power, Daniella Donzelli and Emma McLaughlin

Physics Awards
K-2 Second Place: Spinning Speed on Bristlebot, Boden Grimes
K-2 First Place: Are Beyblades Truly Unstoppable, Wyatt Vitiello
3-5 Second Place: Buoyancy, Sink or Float, Sydney Barrera
3-5 First Place: How Far Will It Fly, John Pellegrino
6-8 Second: Batteries' Shocking Truth, Tyler Cappadona
6-8 First Place: The Truth About Treking, Heather Bjerke and Sukhmani Kalia
9-12 Second Place: Baseball Bat, Aluminum or Wood, John Coulter
9-12 First Place: Energy Experiment Turbine, Christine Fitzgerald

Inventions
Middle School: Quick Light, Kristen Carrano
High School: Truck Sweeper, Thomas Rainone

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