2010-06-18 / School News

SFDS School Hosts Its Science Fair

SFDS’ Lab Leaders Program concluded their traditional school-wide survey on Friday, May 7. The program, in its third year, provides opportunities for eighth-grade students to explore research-based curriculum models.

In June of their seventh grade the students discuss, explore and choose the subject area they will survey. The graduates of 2010 chose Finger Prints as their area of study. In March 2010 research and background materials were gathered. Then in April, the groundwork started. The Lab Leaders visited each classroom and conducted a ten minute lesson on Finger Prints. This year’s “teachers” were: John Glynn, Caitlin Byrne, Kristie Carey, Kelly Casey, Gina Davan, Ricky Henglein, Paul Rayder and Nick Mancusi. At the end of each lesson each person in the room was fingerprinted. The prints were then taken to the Science Lab and identified (by the eighth-graders) as whorl, loop or arch. Spearheading the identification process was Casey McDade, Kevin Crockett, Joe Guererra and Jake Nicholson.

Following the survey and identification, the Art Department took control. This year’s vision of eighth grader Lorianna D’Alessandro was a true work of imagination. Lorianna envisioned, designed and constructed a 50-foot-by-50-foot (one-half of SFDS’ gym) floor mural. The painting Picassos were Annie Ryan, Jadwiga Strugacz and Nicole Sluyk. On Thursday, May 6 the Lab Leaders spent the night placing their mural. One of the more arduous tasks was cutting, seaming and taping 2500 square yards of plastic. Many of the eighth-grade “men” assisted but the anchors of that task were Billy Collins, Jake Nicholson and Michael Castellano.

Finally, on Friday (SFDS Science Fair Day) the young men and women had the opportunity to see the fruits of their hard labor. In all, 631 finger prints were taken, identified and mapped out on the gym floor.

SCIENCE FAIR WINNERS: In the eighth grade, Jeffrey Lavin and Pat McMahon placed first as they explored Ground Water Contamination. Seventh-grade winners Quinn Casey and Laura Keim experimented with Stored Caloric Energy in Food. An SFDS spokesperson says that congratulations are in order as this year’s entries were all of very high caliber.

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