STEM Component Enhances Seventh Grade Science Fair

After 26 years of hosting the BSS Science Fair, our Seventh Grade students formally adopted the engineering design method in addition to the scientific method to explore answers to STEM-based questions for the 2019 STEM Fair. BSS was one of only six grade schools in the Diocese of Arlington to offer students the opportunity to create a prototype using the engineering design method for their projects on scientific investigation.

One of the main strands in the Seventh Grade science curriculum is scientific investigation and the requirement to hold a “fair.” In preparation, our students undertook a five-month process of scientific experimentation to fully explore a STEM-based question. Whether it is building a video game for the blind, creating a car that stops and starts at the clap of  hands, proposing a pollution solution, or experimenting with a phone drone, our Seventh Graders educated the entire BSS community.

The 2019 STEM Fair results are listed below, including the list of students who will represent BSS at the Diocesan STEM Fair in April. The projects are evaluated by outside judges who work in a range of STEM fields. Congratulations to the entire Seventh Grade for all of their hard work!

Awards in the Engineering Design Method

  • Computer Science:  1st Place—Will Keller, 2nd Place Place—Bryden Dukuly
  • Engineering:  1st Place—Bridie Wendling, 2nd place—Bobby Huerter, 3rd Place, Sara Fenimore, Honorable Mention—Ava Cully
  • Environmental Science:  1st Place—Chloe Kaczmarek, 2nd Place—Dani Salinas

Awards in the Scientific Method

  • Biochemistry:  1st Place—Heather Schofield
  • Chemistry:  1st Place—Stephen Harrington, 2nd Place—Mary Grace Long, 3rd Place—Marnie Schroder
  • Engineering:  1st Place—Jack Garlock, 2nd Place—JB Stremple, 3rd Place—Kurt Voelker
  • Environmental Science:  1st Place—Maddie Wojciak, 2nd Place—Charlotte Benson
  • Physics:  1st Place—Emma Markey, 2nd Place—Walker Kopp

Overall Highest Score in this year’s STEM Fair –
Maddie Wojciak

Based on the Judges’ scores, the following students were selected to represent BSS in the Diocesan STEM Fair on Thursday, April 11:

In the Engineering Design Method Group:  Bobby Huerter, Chloe Kaczmarek, Will Keller, Dani Salinas, and Bridie Wendling

In the Scientific Method Group:  Charlotte Benson, Jack Garlock, Stephen Harrington, Heather Schofield, and Maddie Wojciak

An important component to the 2019 STEM Fair was participation by Grades 3-5 for their recycled-material robots completed in Library class. In preparation for their own STEM Fair next year, the 6th graders built models representing their ideas for addressing the global garbage crisis.

Special thanks to Mrs. Laurie Regelbrugge, Ms. Josephine Cassella, the parents, and our volunteer judges who helped make our First STEM Fair a huge success!

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