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District Science Fair Winners Announced

Although students weren’t present in person for the district fair, they will still receive the trophy or ribbon and the certificate that they would have received at a regular fair. Those will be sent to the student’s home school.

Logo 1 JANUARY 21, 2021 – Winners in the annual Winston-Salem/Forsyth County District Science Fair have been announced.

In a normal year, students who win the science fairs at their schools head to the District Science Fair. In past years, it has been held at Kaleideum North. There, judges would talk with them about their projects and ask questions before choosing winners.

Students and parents also had the opportunity to visit with each other, and leaders in the Science Department visit with them and their families.

“We like to see our students,” said David DeLade, the Director of K-12 Science. “We like to hear what they did.”

This year, the District Science Fair was virtual, and there were no judges from outside the school system. Leaders from the Science Department chose the winners based on materials that students submitted. Those materials included recorded video presentations along a series of slides that included such categories as “Problem or Question,” “Framework, “Findings, and “Interpretation & Conclusions.”

In a typical year, more than 200 projects might be included in the district fair. Usually, most of the district science fair participants are in elementary or middle school, with a smaller number from high school.

This year, there were no high school projects, and fewer elementary and middle projects. Altogether, there were 62 projects.

Although there were fewer submissions, the quality and creativity was as strong as it ever is, DeLade said. “What was steadfast was our students’ dedication to science and love of learning.” 

“We had some amazing projects.”

And the students’ presentations were impressive. In their videos, many of them didn’t refer to notes or read from a script. They simply spoke about their project.

It was great to see that, DeLade said.  

And with the videos being recorded at home, people in the Science Department felt a sense of connection with students as they demonstrated their projects in such places as the kitchen or outside their home.

“It was really great to see these students do their projects,” he said.

Serving as judges also helped the members of the Science Department connect with students. Although they visit with students and ask questions every year, the additional focus that comes from serving as a judge provided an even greater understanding of the students’ projects.

“It was really a treat,” he said.

Winners from the District Science Fair will go on the Region 5 science fair, which will be held virtually Feb. 25-27.

With so many school systems participating in a regular year, the submissions from WS/FCS to the regional fair are usually limited to 21 projects. Because some smaller districts aren’t competing at the regional level this year, WS/FCS was told it could submit more projects, and 30 projects are being submitted.

DeLade made a point to thank Judy Day, who retired from N.C. State University and now serves as the Director for the Region 5 Science Fair, which is sponsored by the N.C. Science Fair Foundation.

“She has been really great in this process,” he said.

Winners at the regional level will go on to the state fair.

“I think from looking at the projects, we are going to have some serious contenders for the state once they pass the regional,” DeLade said.

K-2:

K-2 Division

Rank

Student Name

School

Grade

Project Title

1

Lilly Long

Speas Global

1

The Marshmallow Match-Up

1

Wesley Kiell

Jefferson ES

K

How drag changes the distance a paper plane flys

2

Mrs. Staffel’s Class

Konnoak

MC

A Color Symphony

3

Mrs. Hartfield’s Class

Konnoak

MC

Melting Candy Canes

3-5 Division:

3-5 Biological Sciences

Rank

Student Name

School

Grade

Project Title

1

Grant Whalen

Brunson

5

Do Worms Help Indoor Plants Grow?

2

Michael Mastrotatoro

Vienna

4

Is Your Breakfast a “Nail-Biter”?

3

Gabriella Berlinger

Meadowlark

3

Pumpkin, Apple, Pecan, Oh My!

4

Malaki Grey

Kimberley Park

4

Different Masks and Their Effectiveness

 

3-5 Earth/Environmental

Rank

Student Name

School

Grade

Project Title

1

Ansha Narayan

Brunson

3

Humidity and Fans Relationship

1

Ella Lukan

Meadowlark ES

3

Lego Brick Test

2

Isaac Mastrotatoro

Vienna

3

Why are Streets Salted Before Snow?

 

3-5 Physics/Math

Rank

Student Name

School

Grade

Project Title

1

Darshini Sivakumar

Jefferson ES

4

Static Electricity

2

Tobe Pont

Brunson

5

Wild Wings: Testing the Flight Dynamics of Open vs. Wing Gliders

3

JaNiyah Demps

Walkertown ES

5

Traveling Water by Paper Towels

 

3-5 Engineering/Technology

Rank

Student Name

School

Grade

Project Title

1

Sriharini Muruanandan Kirthika

Jefferson ES

3

Smart Searcher

3-5 Chemistry

Rank

Student Name

School

Grade

Project Title

1

J’ayla Demps

Walkertown ES

3

Lava Lamp

2

Jowell Dominguez-Bernal

Konnoak

3

Which Liquid is Best Removing the Shell of an Egg?

3

Ajanee Davis

Kimberley Park

4

What Happens to Apples?

4

Samantha Hernandez-Ramirez

Kimberley Park

3

Elephant Toothpaste

Junior Division 6-8:

Junior Bio-A

Rank

Student Name

School

Grade

Project Title

1

Kennedy Wells

Hanes

8

Colors All Around Us.

2

Yasmine Ajam

Hanes

7

Wave Goodbye to Weeds

 

Junior Bio-B

Rank

Student Name

School

Grade

Project Title

1

Harshika Chenchu

Meadowlark MS

6

The Power of Eyes

2

Eliza Resuello

Hanes

8

Dying To Know

2

Olivia Lundquist

Wiley

6

Which Drink is Most Harmful to Your Teeth

 

Junior Chemistry

Rank

Student Name

School

Grade

Project Title

1

Aryan Saha

Hanes

7

Dreaming…Waste Free World

2

Ashley Craun

Hanes

7

Are We Playing In Liquid Pollution?

3

Madilynn Fortney

Hanes

8

What Fruits Will Ruin Your Gelatin Dessert?

 

Junior Earth/Environmental

Rank

Student Name

School

Grade

Project Title

1

Aryaman Shukla

Hanes

7

Pellet for Thought

1

Eleanore Klaimore

Hanes

7

Whimsical Water Walkthrough

2

Avery Ehrman Colin Ehrman

Wiley

6/8

Does The Sun Heat Salt Water and Fresh Water At The Same Rate?

3

Kate Rose

Wiley

6

Drinkable Water

 

Junior Physics/Math

Rank

Student Name

School

Grade

Project Title

1

Simon Tonidandel

Hanes

7

Infrared Thermometers Are Hot Now, But Should We Put a Freeze On Buying Them?

2

Aleksandra Scarlett

Hanes

8

Mechanical Magnetism To Biol Water

2

John Archer

Hanes

7

What Is The Best Launching Angle To Make a Rocket Travel The Maximum Distance?

 

Junior Technology

Rank

Student Name

School

Grade

Project Title

1

Matthew "Asher" Lisi

Hanes

7

A Handy Hand

2

Rachit Chandrakul

Paisley IB

6

Developing Innovative Technology to Empower the Special Needs During COVID-19 Pandemic

3

Maxwell Kremidas

Paisley IB

6

Batteries: Boom or Bust

 

Junior Engineering

Rank

Student Name

School

Grade

Project Title

1

Kristopher Burch

Hanes

8

High Speed Travel In a Vacuum Tube