Date: Fri 19-Mar-1999
Science Horizon Winners
The faculty and staff of St Rose School are extremely proud of two seventh
grade students in Kirsten Tamborini's science class. Erin Hayes and Natalia
Fugate both earned first place in the annual Science Horizons competition. To
add to the excitement of winning, this was the first year St Rose had
The Science Horizons' Science Fair and Symposium was held at Bethel Middle
School earlier this month. A total of 410 student projects was presented, an
increase over last year's total of about 330.
All exhibits presented at the science fair were judged on the evidence of
scientific thought, creative ability, thoroughness, skill, clarity, and
Science Horizons is a regional competition for area students in grades 7
through 12. The competition is divided into two groups: the junior division
for grades 7 and 8; and the senior division, for grades 9 through 12. Each
division has two categories, physical and biological.
Erin Hayes was first place winner in the junior biological division. Her
project was entitled "Do your bananas need pajamas?"
Erin was very excited to have entered this competition. Her devotion was
apparent as she told about waking up at 2 am on school nights to check
ripening rates of the bananas. It was her task to find out if ripening rates
were affected by temperature. "I had a total of 151 photos of the banana and
the judges asked me questions about each and every one of them!" Erin recalls,
"You had to be well prepared to answer questions and justify examples."
Natalia Fugate entered the junior physical division. Her project, "Aerodynamic
lift of a sphere" took first place. Natalia made a wind tunnel of plywood and
plexiglass to prove Burnelli's Principle. Natalia explains, "If air passes the
top and bottom of a cylinder at the same rate, there is no lift; but a
spinning cylinder can rise on its own and move really fast."
"I was hoping to get third place. When the third place winner and then the
second place winner were called, I just thought `oh well'. Then judges
announced the first place winner -- I was shocked!"
Natalia received an Air Force recognition medal as well.
Both girls were awarded $150. All finalists received medallions and were
invited to compete in the state competition held at Quinnipiac College.
Scientific Horizons is in its fifteenth year of operation as a non-profit
organization in Danbury. It provides students with an opportunity to compete
in a Science Fair without traveling far. Main sponsors of the event are Union
Carbide and Boehringer Ingelheim Corporation, with the efforts of volunteers
from Danbury area schools and businesses making the event possible.
Dave Darling and Jim Petros are co-chairpersons of the committee that was
responsible for Science Horizons organization this year.