Andover Townsman, Andover, MA


April 17, 2014

Put to the test: Innovation rules at West Middle School Science Fair

West Middle School students put their observation and deduction skills to the test earlier this month at the school’s sixth annual Science and Engineering Fair.

After months of preparation, 150 projects were placed on display for the April 3 fair and judged by 50 community members.

West Middle School received a Gelfand Endeavor in Massachusetts Schools grant, which allowed the teachers and students to use inquiry-based learning to expand their knowledge in science and engineering and also to fund the fair.

The top individual and team projects went on to compete in the state regionals this past Saturday, April 12, at UMass Lowell.

The qualifying students and their projects were Thisara Jayasingh, “TJ;” Adam McKnight, “Pocket Generator;” Floyd Greenwood, “Breeding Algae for Better Food Stock;” Debbie Hsiaso, “Creating and Testing Recycled Paper;” Ariana Turner, “Ski Wax;” Chloe Fields and Carissa Agostino, “Extending the Growing Season with Greenhouses;” George Troung and Alex Zheng, “Cool Roofs, Mirrors and Solar Panels;” Hanna Morrill, “Testing Insulation Methods;” Louis Galligani, “Methods to Combat Thermal Pollution” and Jessy Han, “Taking the Glare out of Headlights.”

At Saturday’s regionals, three of those students earned high placements, qualifying them for the State Science Fair in Worcester on June 14.

Hanna Morrill and Adam McKnight scored first-place awards while Floyd Greenwood came away with a second at the regionals to guarantee them all a trip to the state competition.

Also, a West Middle School group comprised of George Troung, Jessy Han and Louis Galligani won a Challenge Activity — a West Middle tradition, according to Team Pride science teacher Sheila Harrington.

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