Park Street School Students Explore, Hypothesize and Conclude at Science Fair

March 18, 2014

The Park Street School (PSS) celebrated science on March 6, with students from the first through sixth grades and kindergarten participating in its biennial fair.

Led by Science Faculty John Loefstedt, PSS students exhibited their research and findings during two general exhibits from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m., and from 2:30 to 3 p.m., with displays in several classrooms, the science lab and the gym.

Those exhibits included: the Kindergarten Rainforest and Desert, with individual research done on rainforest and desert dwellers; the planetary system with individual planets displayed by first graders; individual presentations on insects and their habitats by second graders; and musical instruments invented by recycled household items by third graders.

At 9:30 a.m., fourth-grade students presented live advertising “commercials,” written and performed based on product testing they did on consumer household items.

At 1:30 p.m. fifth- and sixth-graders gathered to discover who won Grand Prize, First Place, Second Place, Third Place and Honorable Mention for their individual science experiments and research papers, with a variety of topics and hypotheses, which were assessed by external judges, middle school and high school science faculty from at least two separate Boston-based schools.

From the fifth- and sixth-grade students, the Grand Prize winner was Hanyi Wang, a sixth grader whose question was, “How does color affect student performance and the ability to concentrate or perform tasks?”

The First Place winner was fifth grade student Dylan Cleverly, whose question was, “What is the effect of a predator’s presence on a backyard feeder?”

Second Place was secured by fifth-grade student Nathan Kim who questioned, “How do methods of soil erosion control compare?”

The Third Place winner was sixth-grade student Michael Stankovich, whose question was,  “What are the effects of ultraviolet light on repair deficient yeast DNA?” Finally, the Honorable Mention winner was fifth-grader Landon Smith, who asked the question, “Can the tannin compounds in acorns help us solve the antibiotic resistance crisis?”

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