Two LBHS Teams Qualify for Intel ISEF
Competing at the Long Island Science and Engineering Fair (LISEF), two teams of Long Beach High School students received first-place awards, qualifying them for the 2012 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF), on May 13-18 in Pittsburgh, PA.
Arianne Papa and Jane Smyth, both seniors, won first place in the Environmental Sciences category and also received the I-SWEEEP Award. Arianne and Jane studied water pollution in Reynold’s Channel as well as the other Long Island bays, and the effect that the pollution has on the flounder populations within those waterways. They have proposed to utilize local mussels for bioremediation of the polluted waters.
Andrew Hurst and Zachary Klein, also seniors, took first place in the Electrical and Mechanical Engineering category. In addition to their first-place finish, they won the National Society of Professional Engineers Award. Andrew and Zachary were able to create a wind turbine that captured both wind and solar energy in order to improve energy efficiency of the device.
Several other students achieved notable results at LISEF. Junior Caroline Walsh earned a second-place award in Energy and Transportation. Caroline created solar cells that used natural pigments found in plants such as carrots, blueberries and beets, to harness solar power.
Juniors Brandon Levokove and David Velez took home a third-place award in Plant Sciences, as well as an award from the American Meteorological Society. David and Brandon used a fungus to remove harmful pollutants such as acid rain, and also to reduce dependency on fertilizers, thus reducing the harmful effect of runoff. Sophomores Chandler McMillan and Hunter Rogoff received honorable mention in the Environmental Management category, as well as the Ricoh Sustainability Award. Their research involved the use of soy beans in combination with either a bacteria or a fungus to remove aluminum contaminants from soil.
ISEF, which is one of the world’s premier global science competitions for students in grades 9-12, provides an annual forum for more than 1,500 high school students from 65 countries, regions and territories to display their independent research.
Three Students to Compete at I-SWEEEP
Long Beach High School students Arianne Papa, Jane Smyth and Caroline Walsh all qualified to compete at the International Sustainable World (Engineering, Energy & Environment) Project Olympiad (I-SWEEEP), on May 3-6 in Houston, TX. They will join more than 1,000 top high school researchers from all over the world to share ideas, experience and knowledge to promote global sustainability.
LBMS Students Compete at LI Science Congress
At the junior level, 13 students were chosen to represent Long Beach Middle School at the Long Island Science Congress Junior Division at Farmingdale State College on March 29. The students who qualified to compete were Kailey Ahearn, Mashiyat Ahmed, Gabrielle Ayzenberg, Chloe Curley, Kelly Cannon, Savannah Kile, Kristen Miciotta, Shane Morris, Mary Sabedra, Leah Shokrian, Justin Simms, Ali Thursland and Cassidy Zawatson. Award winners will be announced at the end of April. The students were selected based on their performance in the Long Beach Middle School Science Fair and a second qualifying round at their school.