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St. Simon encourages STEM learning via science fair


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St. Simon School Assistant Principal Michelle Nealon observes Distinguished Award Winner Mitchell Lai’s science fair project.

St. Simon School aims to boost student interest in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) fields through its annual science fair.

Preparations at St. Simon began in October, with students selecting a topic from a number of STEM categories: Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Botany/Psychology, Engineering and Technology, Consumer Science or Specialized Sciences.

Sixty eighth-graders displayed the results of their work Feb. 26 for an audience of parents, faculty, judges and fellow students, who visited the Science Fair throughout the day.

“Participating in the St. Simon science fair was a great experience,” said St. Simon student Rafael Pierry. “My favorite part is having the opportunity to get younger students excited about science.”

“An important part of science is sharing ideas, and this gave St. Simon students the opportunity to share their projects and explore new ideas,” said science fair participant Lindsay Royse.

The following students were recognized for their work.

• Distinguished Awards: Madeleine Aguirre, Scott Anderson, Brady Barnett, Thomas Clark, Madeleine Coli, Ellie Higgins, Mitchell Lai, Pierry, Royse, Anna Vardapetyan, Kellyn Wilde and Claire Woo.

• Honorable Mention: Erin Bostrom, Ethan Carroll, Alfred Chang, Sunkyo Chung, Triona Delumpa, Nikhil D’Souza, Adam Egyed, Ryan Maier, Hanna Ready, Dipashreya Sur, Mark Ware and Kory Yang.

Past participants from the program, which began eight years ago, have gone on to participate in national and international scientific competitions in addition to the White House Science Fair.

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