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One month to the Midwood Science Fair

Posted on Tuesday, April 26, 2016 by for Science Fair.

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The Midwood Science Fair is only a month away. Right now as you read this the sophomore research students are diligently working on their projects, formulating hypotheses, and plotting the best way to gather and analyze data. The juniors and seniors are sharpening their metaphorical pencils as well as their literal questioning skills. The alumni judges are looking forward to seeing old friends at Midwood once again. The teachers are keeping their students focused. Everyone is coordinating their schedules to make sure they’re ready for Thursday, May 26, 2016.

Sophomores present projects in annual Science Fair

Posted on Wednesday, June 24, 2015 by for Media, Science Fair.

Bacterial growth, lactose formation, and electrolytes were just some of the topics explored by sophomores in preparation for the annual Science Fair on May 28.

"The Science Fair is an excellent way for everyone to gather together, talk about projects, and enjoy good food," said Wen Li Wang ’15.

Principal Michael McDonnell said, "This is the first time the sophomores are given the chance to create something original and present it to the school."

The Science Fair is a yearly event in which sophomores taking Research Projects present their experiments that they worked diligently on to judges. The judges included junior and senior Science Research students and alumni. Juniors and seniors were required to judge three projects and the alumni were required to judge two or three. Around 40 alumni participated in the judging this year. The entire process is student run, and teachers only step in as extras if an alumni doesn’t show up.

Unlike other years, this year, according to Ms. Jennifer Sullivan, there were only three research classes compared to last year’s four. There were also a lot more group projects.

"It went smoothly this year since there was a smaller group," said Mr. Glenn Elert, Science Research teacher. He also added that this year, judges had more time to give feedback and were able to give each project more individualized attention.

Last year, each judge was assigned five projects, which caused judges to rush to finish grading all the projects assigned to them, instead of being able to individualize their comments for each project.

Sophomores were judged based on six different components: poster, abstract, materials and methods, analysis and conclusion, and presentation. Individual projects were scored out of 60, while team projects out of 70. Each project was judged by five different randomly assigned judges to ensure a just and equitable judgment.

"It was a fair rubric and well rounded approach," said Stefanie Henry ’14. "There was room to ask questions."

One of the challenges faced by students was the lack of time to prepare for the project. Students had two weeks to perform their experiments and decorate their poster boards.

"If we had more time to do our projects," said Gary Shun ’17, "we could’ve more accurately measured the results and data."

Mark Dela Pena ’17 said, "We wanted to use a real video recorder to record actual times so they could be more accurate, but we didn’t have time." His partner, Marco Rodriguez ’17, added that the video cameras added credibility because "human perception is often flawed."

The lack of sufficient time caused many students to cut corners when finalizing their research.

Choosing a topic was also difficult for some students.

For example, Ilham Ahmed ’17 had to go through several websites before finding a topic that interested her. At the end, she finally decided to work on lactose formation in various milks.

"I chose this topic because I really like the food sciences and this is a serious issue for lactose intolerant people," said Ahmed. "They need to drink milk because of the nutrients, but they can’t have the lactose."

Finally, another challenge the students had to overcome was the limitation of resources to carry on their projects.

According to Asia Le ’16, there were many projects that involved bacteria. However, students who had projects related to bacteria were only allowed to perform the experiments with resources provided in the research room, A214.

Amna Aslam ’17, who conducted her research on acne, said, "I couldn’t get pathogens, the bacteria that causes acne, which I needed for my desired experiment. It was also hard getting statistics and analyzing the data."

Taiseer Uddin ’17 and Pauletta Lazarevskiy ’17 did their experiment on sound levels and faced many difficulties with finding a quiet room in the school to test their sound level meter. They had to talk to many teachers and switch rooms a few times in order to complete their experiment.

Despite the many difficulties and challenges sophomores faced to get ready for the science fair, the result was rewarding. Researchers were given the opportunity to investigate topics based on their hobbies and the problems they face everyday. They also developed projects that they believed would be beneficial to others.

"I like sports and I like to exercise. I know that sports drinks have electrolytes and I wanted to see if they had a higher concentration of electrolytes than orange juice," said Joanna Midura ’17. "I know you’re not supposed to drink orange juice after working out because of all the carbohydrates, but I just wanted to try and see."

Aslam decided to research on the effects of various cleansers on acne production because she felt that acne is a problem that plagues people of all ages.

"I have acne. Adults have acne. Many people have acne," said Aslam. "It’s very common and I wanted to test which products works best. Neutrogena is the most expensive and it’s always advertised as the best. However advertisers never tell us what it’s being compared to."

Ramirez and Pena decided to work on testing the effects of different Sun Protection Factors (SPF)’s on UV beads.

"We started off with this because since it’s almost summer, most people go to the beach," said Pena. "People always say SPF 100 is the best so we did a test to see whether it really was."

Overall, judges were very pleased with the projects and the amount of work that the sophomores put into creating them,

"So far I think they’re great," said Zainab Iqbal ’15. "They’re not that advanced, but that’s for junior year. This year’s projects are giving students enthusiasm for Junior Research."

Henry said, "You can tell students put a lot of dedication and time into these projects. I enjoyed seeing fellow alumni and being in the educational atmosphere again. I’m glad to see the enthusiasm for science is still strong here."

Dao Quan Lin ’13 said, "Creativity was pretty high this year, however, generating an experimental procedure still needs work."

Seniors who are currently in Science Research can be invited to judge in the next Science Fair.

"It was interesting to start here, and after going through so many competitions, come back to judge the sophomores who did the same thing I did two years ago," said Lucy Lin ’15. "It’s kind of like returning to my childhood."

Lin and Wang plan to judge the Science Fair as alumni next year after finishing their freshman year of college.

"The Science Fair is a good experience for students," said Wang. "It prepares them for college and research as a junior and/or senior."

Mr. Elert added, "It helps sophomores practice conducting experiments, analyzing data, and speaking to the public."

The Science Fair drew attention not only from those who are enthusiastic for science, but also from those who wanted to catch a glimpse of the Hornets’ display of hard work.

"It’s a different language," said Ms. Maria Feehan, a Spanish teacher. "I’m so impressed with the work of all the young scientists. They are all so prepared and poised. They can answer the questions articulately and refer back to their data charts."

Ms. Feehan added that she is impressed with all the hard work that the students put into this project and will definitely come back next year.

"I think it was the best Science Fair ever," said Principal McDonnell.

The date for awards ceremony of the Science Fair has not been determined however it will take place as soon as the scores have been calculated and places have been determined. [Editor’s note: The awards were presented Thursday, June 10, 2015.]

Written by Jocelyn Chen and Nahian Chowdhury (Class of 2016).
This article originally appeared in the June 2015 edition of Argus.
Photos courtesy of Prianka Zaman (Class of 2013).

2015 Midwood Science Fair Results

Posted on Tuesday, June 16, 2015 by for Awards, Science Fair.

And the winners are…

1st Place


Mahmoud Abouelkheir
The Effect of Active Ingredients found in toothpaste on oral bacteria growth (Micrococcus)

Arbaz Aziz & Dmitriy Kim
The Strength of Magnetism Under Varying Temperatures

2nd Place


Allan Nosov
Using Weather Instruments and Folklore to Predict Weather

Terence Kong
The Capability of Antibacterial Soap

Angel Zou & Jennifer Phu
What’s in your seaweed? DNA Barcodes of Different Brands of Seaweed Snacks Commonly Found in Supermarkets

3rd Place


Zenab Jamil
The Primacy Effect

Carmen Zheng
The Effect of Gum and Music on Memory

Noor Asif
Henna Mixology

Sabrina Slutsky & Michelle Fogel
The Most Effective Antacid

Brianna Ku & Michelle Li
The Effect of Different Liquids on Dianthus Flower Growth
 

Honorable Mention


Ilham Ahmed
The Effect of a Variety of Milks on the Amount of Lactose Formed

Chunny Chi
The Effectiveness of Mouthwash Against Escherichia coli

Daniel Mirkin
The Effect of Aerated Water on Yeast Metabolism

Amy Huang
Determining how fast the ink travels across the different kinds of paper

Samuel Pun & Anthony Dinh
Denaturing Proteins under Heat

Jeannine Chen & Jimmy Li
What’s in your seaweed? DNA Barcodes of Different Brands of Seaweed Snacks Commonly Found in Supermarkets.

Alia Abdelhameed & Danielle LoPresti
The Effect of Hydrogen Peroxide Concentrations on Hair Strength
   

2015 Science Fair Abstract Book

Posted on Monday, May 25, 2015 by for Science Fair.

Join us in the Annex from 3:30–5:30 PM on Thursday, May 28th for the 2015 Midwood Science Fair. Special thanks to Carmine See (class of 2015) who designed the cover for this year’s abstract book.

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5 weeks to the Midwood Science Fair

Posted on Thursday, April 23, 2015 by for Science Fair.

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The Midwood Science Fair is only 5 weeks away. Right now as you read this the sophomore research students are diligently working on their projects, formulating hypotheses, and plotting the best way to gather and analyze data. The juniors and seniors are sharpening their metaphorical pencils as well as their literal questioning skills. The alumni judges are looking forward to seeing old friends at Midwood once again. The teachers are keeping their students focused. Everyone is coordinating their schedules to make sure they’re ready for Thursday, May 28, 2015.

Science Fair impresses onlookers

Posted on Thursday, June 19, 2014 by for Media, Science Fair.

The Annex’s was packed with hesitant judges and classrooms filled with edgy sophomores; This was the scene at the annual science fair on Thursday, May 29.

"The science fair left me speechless, literally," Amber Tucker ’16

Every year the sophomores of Science Research, who after taking a course crammed with experiments and presentations, are finally put to the test by showcasing their results at this highly anticipated event. With just under a month to find a project, test variables, and analyze experimentation, preparation for the science fair never fails in leaving students overwrought.

"It was really stressful getting here, but in the end, it was worth it," said Diane Ling ’16. "We learned valuable experiences in the process."

However, unlike every fair, there were many more alumni this year, giving predecessors a chance to relive their judging experiences.

"Being in research since sophomore year, Midwood Science has done so much for me," said Nicholas Lee, who graduated last year. "It was an honor to be able to come back and judge and also to see so many familiar faces in our research family. There were many great projects that I was impressed with and that goes to show the talent of our students that keeps the Midwood Research program going strong!"

Many senior research students had already judged last year, but the anticipation of this much too rare event never ceases to excite past participants.

"I definitely look forward to the science fair every year," said Kiara Nunez ’14. "It’s nice to see the new wave of students coming into research and presenting the projects. Plus, I always look forward to the food."

After viewing, listening and asking questions, the judges calculate a grade out of 60, or 70 for teams, based on presentation, research, data verification and more. Judging this year was an especially gratifying experience for juniors, who had the pleasure of being on the other side of things this year.

"Being able to judge instead of being the one presenting this year was really fun," said Jessica Yip ’15. "I finally got to see what we were being grading on and how the points were distributed. Seeing the sophomores so nervous reminded me of how I was last year."

The winners of the science fair are determined by their respective grades. Each participant gets a grade from five judges, but the highest grade and lowest grade are dropped in an effort to eliminate any extraneous decisions. The highest average of the three remaining grades takes home the first place, separately for individuals and teams, with each trailing grade winning second place, third place, or even an honorable mention. Despite the high levels of competition in the race for the trophy, the science fair is always a great time to learn interesting facts and meet new people.

"After the judging takes place and nerves have settled, the fair turns into a get-together where students and teachers socialize and just have a good time," said Nunez ’14. "The science fair gives research students from all three grades the opportunity to come together, which rarely happens."

In the eyes of the science faculty, this year’s science fair ran quite professionally.

"This year we had more alumni than ever before, nearly 60 versus the normal 30," said Mr. Glenn Elert. "We also had two professors serve as judges, Dr. Frank Grasso from the Psychology Department of Brooklyn College and Ms. Yara Adam from the Physics Department. The large number of alumni and guests made the judging process exceptionally smooth. It was great fun to see them all again and catch up on their lives after Midwood."

While some aspects of the event never change from year to year and others were quite better this time, everyone can agree that the science fair is a perfect blend of the intuition and creativity of science and school spirit.

"The science fair took patience, work and diligence, but paid off at the end," said Angela Christopher ’16.

Shanna Huang & Hussain Bokhari (Class of 2015)
This article originally appeared in the June 2014 edition of Argus.
Photos courtesy of Prianka Zaman (Class of 2013)
Line drawing by Nicole Ng (Class of 2011)

2014 Midwood Science Fair Results

Posted on Wednesday, June 11, 2014 by for Awards, Science Fair.

1st Place


Jessica Lin & Eileen Chen
Electrolytes in beverages.

Laila Akallal
Is the speed of light truly constant?

Mie Abouelkheir
The effects of microwave radiation on the growth of E. coli.

2nd Place


Gabriela Villagomez
Visual memory vs. Auditory memory.

Vanessa Mai
Gumcentration.

3rd Place


Noshin Hayat
The effect of antacids on the stomach.

Aisha Khoja
Comparing antacid potency.

Joshua Pilipovsky
A change in the winds: Bernoulli’s principle.

Honorable Mention


Bilal Azhar & Wendy Jiang
Effect of acidity and temperature on a fruit’s electric current.

Alexandra Gayle & Kai Saunders
What drinks contain the most electrolytes?

Vivian Ng & Ibraar Aziz
The effect of carbonated drinks on the human body.

Mohammed Chowdhury
Which antacid works the best?

Samera Arif
The effect of acidic citrus fruits and skin tone on henna stain.

Gabrielle Tolchinsky
Hydrogen peroxide’s effect on seed germination.

 

2014 Science Fair Abstract Book

Posted on Thursday, May 29, 2014 by for Science Fair.

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Posted on Thursday, May 15, 2014 by for Science Fair.

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2013 Midwood Science Fair Results

Posted on Wednesday, June 5, 2013 by for Awards, Science Fair.

individuals

teams

  1. Hussain Bokhari
    Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells: The Future of Renewable Energy
  1. Bernice Pham & Johnny Warn
    Which Dish Detergent Is Most Effective?
  2. Jennifer Chen & Jason Zheng
    Does Shape Affect Parachutes?
  1. Jing Wei Hu
    Photons Action!
  2. Meghan Ng
    The Effect Environment and Medium on Germinating Radish Seeds
  1. Anthony Dacres & Levtrim Kelmendi
    Reaction Times of Different Pain Relievers in Acetic Acid
  2. Amy Chen & Yukie Wong
    Effectiveness of Zinc Oxide on Ultraviolet Radiation
  1. Jessica Yip
    The effectiveness of different types of wipes
  2. Bella Zilber
    Which product stains teeth the most? Coffee, Tea, Water, or Coke?
  3. Ester Shamailova
    The Strength of Glue
  1. Brian Choi & Ashley Tan
    The Effect of Liquid Hand Soap Against Staphylococcus epidermidis
  2. Jacky Cham & Richard Wu
    The Effects of High and Low pH on Radish Growth
  3. Dianna Roman & Valeriya Falkovich
    Which Brand of Toothpaste is Most Effective Against Staphylococcus?
  4. Kelly Tom & Eunice Lee
    Pearly Whites
  1. Olena Hadelia
    Which Vitamin C Has the Most Vitamin C?
  2. Lucy Lin
    Which Affects Your Heart More: Hard Rock or Soft Piano Music?
  3. Aarin Chase
    Acne Medication Effectiveness on Propionibacterium acne
  4. Syeda Hillary
    Are You Safe in School?
  5. Michael Divgun
    Do Frozen Foods or Canned Foods Have Better Nutritional Value?
  6. Emily Sokolson
    Amount of mold growth due to preservatives
  7. Stanley Purygin
    How different spices affect E. coli growth
  8. Sandra Lin
    Which Brand of Aluminum Foil Works Best?
  9. Raymond Lopez
    Bio Isolation of Caffeine from Tea
  10. Aleksey Ladina
     
  1. Dajana Reci & Anna Stafeyeva
    Grow Plants Grow!
  2. Zainab Iqbal & Marisol Morales
    Brain Dominance
  3. Tiffany Sanabia & Dominique Semple
    The Effect of Cocoa Powder on the Growth of Bacteria
  4. Nancy Li & Vivian Tan
    Speed Up!
  5. Hillary Yip & Karry Ho
    The Effect of the Amount of Fertilizer on Plant Growth
  6. Sandy Wu & Candice Zhong
    Chips on Fire!

2013 Science Fair Abstract Book

Posted on Sunday, May 19, 2013 by for Science Fair.

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The 2013 Midwood High School Science Fair is less than a month away

Posted on Sunday, May 5, 2013 by for Science Fair.

Mark your calendarsThursday, May 23, 2013, 3:00–5:00 PM

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  • Sophomores
    • Bring something to eat or drink.
    • Participate as contestants.
    • Feast.
  • Juniors and Seniors
    • Bring something to eat or drink.
    • Help set up.
    • Participate as judges.
    • Feast.
    • Help clean up.
  • Alumni and Teachers
    • Participate as judges.
    • Feast.

2012 Midwood Science Fair Results

Posted on Wednesday, June 6, 2012 by for Awards, Science Fair.

And the winners are …

Individual

Team

  1. Jennifer Lauv
    Electroculture: Does It Work?
  2. Almas Shafiq
    Testing Which Acne Product Is Most Effective Against Bacteria
  3. Allen Barbarovich
    Cellam Electrica
  1. Akeem Pinnock & Stanley Wong
    The Fibonacci Sequence: Solar Panels
  1. Elzyata Sangadzhiev
    Raw vs. Cooked Foods
  2. M. Tasnin Kabir
    Dirty Hands
  1. Jessica Lin & Noor Hasne
    The effectiveness of hand soaps against S. epidermis and E. coli
  2. Sammi Chung & Shirley Li
    Cleaning Agents
  1. Deniss Sivohins
    Stealthy Shapes: How to Make an Aircraft Invisible to Radar
  2. Alma Nesimi
    Grow Plants Grow!
  1. Kenne Yang & Jennifer Wu
    Kimchi Chemistry
  2. Stefanie Henry & Jessica Liang
    Just keep swimming, just keep swimming…
  3. Jeffrey Tsui & Yassine Kaouadji
    Which Meat is Toxic to Planaria?
  1. Shubh Rana
    Smile for the Camera
  2. Walter Farez
    The Colorful Perspective to Ameliorate Human Memory Recall
  3. Tasnim Halim
    The Effect of Music on Heartbeat
  1. Spencer Siu & David Cham
    Dirty Plants vs. Clean Plants
  2. Lubin Toussaint & Mark Goldman
    Calcium & Protein in Milk
  3. Stephanie Leung & Jocelyn Chiu
    Variations of the Stroop Effect: Males vs. Females

2012 Science Fair Abstract Book

Posted on Monday, May 21, 2012 by for Science Fair.

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The 2012 Midwood High School Science Fair is less than a month away

Posted on Tuesday, May 1, 2012 by for Juniors, Science Fair, Seniors, Sophomores.

Mark your calendarsThursday, May 24, 2012, 3:00–6:00 PM

calendar event file
  • Sophomores
    • Bring something to eat or drink.
    • Participate as contestants.
    • Feast.
  • Juniors and Seniors
    • Bring something to eat or drink.
    • Help set up.
    • Participate as judges.
    • Feast.
    • Help clean up.
  • Alumni and Teachers
    • Participate as judges.
    • Feast.

2011 Midwood Science Fair

Posted on Monday, June 6, 2011 by for Awards, Science Fair.

And the winners are …

Individual

Team

  1. Aisha Ashfaq
    Polyethylene or Polyvinyl Chloride
  1. Jason Vayner & Ron Baazov
    Neutralizing Stomach Acidity: The Natural Way
  1. Syeda Rassol
    Which acne medication is the most effective on bacteria?
  2. Ryan Fraser
    Inhibition of Tiny Wildlife
  1. Danielle Cano-Garraway & Ramsha Farooq
    Ready, Set, DRINK!
  2. Anna Guo & Evelyn Veliz
    Slimy Likes It!
  3. Olivia Kyi & Verna Zhao
    Puzzles for You!
  1. Jenny Ng
    Will hearing or reading help you memorize better and faster?
  2. Leo Liao
    The Rate of Enzyme Activity
  3. Pamela Liu
    The Stroop Effect: Female vs. Male
  1. Cindy Lee & Stella Chen
    Kimchi Chemistry
  2. Kayla Gittens & Karina Mitrova
    Carbs make you gain, but will they help relieve pain?
  3. Lily Mei & Rabije Cekovic
    Wash your dishes, clean your planet
  1. Emily Yip
    Shield Yourself from Ultraviolet Rays
  2. Kate Wong
    Bacteria vs. Disinfecting Wipes
  3. Crystal Soo
    A Plant’s Favorite Food
  4. Ramin Ikhiilov
    Truth to the Labels
  5. Denise Roa Peña
    Can Coke Vanish Meat?
  6. Justin White
    CSI: Midwood
  7. Sarah Khoja
    Eggciting Eggsperiment
  1. Onycha Banton & Asia Wynn
    Defenseless Bacteria
  2. Brian Volfovskiy & Faina Ablyazova
    Saturated Fat in Oils Tested by Tincture of Iodine
  3. Alex Kurtov & Or Mossaiov
    Color the ice away!

2011 Science Fair Abstract Book

Posted on Monday, May 23, 2011 by for Science Fair.

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2010 Midwood Science Fair

Posted on Wednesday, June 9, 2010 by for Awards, Science Fair.

And the winners are …

Individual

Team

  1. Choi Chao
    Hydrogen, the Combustible Fuel
  1. Amanda Ye & Jacinda Zhou
    There’s No Need to Fear, Garlic is Here!
  2. Joyce Lui & Emilee Yang
    I scream, SUN SCREEN!
  1. Joan Li
    Oh Snap!
  2. Natalya Romanyak
    You Don’t See Me But I Cu
  1. Mert Kemal Keceli & Charli Frankel
    The Secret Is in the Beads
  2. Amy Chen & Sandy Tam
    A Convo to Die For!
  1. Rebecca Khaimova
    Intensifying the Hair Without it Dye-ing
  2. Mitchell Buslovich
    Which Lettuce is the Safer Choice: Organic or Conventional?
  3. Matthew Chin
    Testing the Effectiveness of Different Concentrations of Listerine
  1. Karen Hui Wang & Nicole Almaraz
    Experimenting With Water Wheel Paddle Angles to Generate Energy
  2. Vivian Ng & Albert Murzakhanov
    The Phenomenon of Genetically Modified Organisms
  3. Maggie Lei & Candy Nguyen
    Sugar, Spice and Everything Nice
  1. Dong Hong Liang
    Salty Ice
  2. Brandon Abrams
    Do Free Radicals Affect Cell Division and Survival?
  3. Mohamed Adnan
    Eco Bully
  4. Emanuel Bazov
    The Ultimate Stealth Aircraft Revolution!!
  5. Tammy Jiang
    Never Thought I’d See the Light
  6. Meral Kerim
    Up, Up and Away!
  7. Andrew Dabydeen
    The Evaporation Rates of Alcohols with Different Amounts of Carbon
  8. Andy Zhang
    Caffeinated Plants: Get High or Die?
  1. Irene He & Pinar Nur Kanay
    Heartbeat, Heartbreak…
  2. Faryal Razzaq & Sadia Nusrat
    Ready, Set, Apply: Take Action Against Dandruff
  3. Aneisha Goffin & Chelsea Gill
    The Effect of Temperature on the pH of Juice
  4. Jiayi Li & Xiao Kuang
    Meating Bacteria
  5. Vilanya Arriaga & Stephanie Chen
    99.9% Germs Killed!

2010 Science Fair Abstract Book

Posted on Tuesday, May 25, 2010 by for Science Fair.

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