Two St. Tammany students have taken first place honors at the Region 8 Science Fair, and one of their schools, Northlake Christian, racked up 10 ribbons.
In the senior division, Fontainebleau High School 12th grader Ananya Kaushal won first place in microbiology for her entry titled “Transcriptional response of Mycobacte.”
The Junior Division’s first-place winner was Northlake Christian School eighth grade student Rebekah Alker whose biochemistry entry was “The Body’s Best Friend.”
Aspiring Scientist Awards were presented to Junior Division contestants Rebekah Alker and Joshua Wilson, of North Lake Christian School; Kate Vaile, of Southeastern Laboratory School; and Jayla Ezidore and Amari Fiffe, of Southeastern Stile/Gear Up.
Senior Aspiring Awards went to Areecia Tyndale, ninth grade, and Zavier LaMotte, 10th grade, both of Southeastern Stile/Gear Up.
All first- and second-place regional winners will advance to the state science fair later this spring at LSU.
Other Senior Division (Grades 9-12) winners included:
- Southeastern Stile/Gear Up; Zavier LaMotte, third, plant science; Khan Suluki, honorable mention, plant science; and Areecia Tyndale, honorable mention, plant science.
Other Junior Division (Grades 6-8) winners include:
- Northlake Christian School — Joshua Wilson, second, physics and astronomy; Jackson Juaire, third, engineering mechanics; Abigail Bailey, third, physics and astronomy; Adyson Christner, third, biomedical and health science; Liam Baird, honorable mention, engineering mechanics; Emerson Colley, honorable mention, engineering mechanics; Kate Fontenoy, honorable mention, microbiology; Lydia Dean, honorable mention, physics and astronomy; and Molly McClain, honorable mention, behavioral and social science.
- St. Peter Catholic School — Thomas Sanders, second, Earth and environmental science; Grey Flattmann, third, microbiology; Ella Frentz, honorable mention, plant science; Aubrey Marinello, honorable mention, behavioral and social science.
- Southeastern Stile/Gear Up — Jayla Ezidore, third, plant science; Amari Fiffe, third, plant science; Carlie Savoie, honorable mention, animal science; Jahavon Grows, honorable mention, plant science; BreAnne Short, honorable mention, plant science; Naheim Gastreal, honorable mention, plant science; and Da’Naisha Naricisse, honorable mention, plant science.
- Southeastern Laboratory School — Kaleb Tittelbach, first, physics and astronomy; Violet Sandifer, first, behavioral and social science; Kate Vaile, second, plant science; Abigail Richardson, second, behavioral and social science; Gabriela Donley, third, behavioral and social science; Madilyn Mount, third, chemistry; Brooke Dunn, third, Earth and environmental science; Owen Hollander, honorable mention, physics and astronomy; Benjamin Tucker, honorable mention, chemistry; and Madisyn Whitmer, honorable mention, Earth and environmental science.
This year’s Region III Science Fair, normally hosted annually at Southeastern Louisiana University, was held virtually for the first time this year due to COVID. Students explained their projects to Science Fair judges in either Google Meet or video submissions.
The fair was sponsored by Entergy and Valero. More information is available at www.southeastern.edu/news.
Northshore Stem hosts Engineering Day for girls
The Northshore STEM Coalition is hosting Engineering Day for Girls (ED4G) on Feb. 27, a free, annual event that aims to introduce girls to the field of engineering. Scheduled from 10 a.m. until noon, the event will include both in-person and virtual registration options, with in-person registration limited to small numbers due to COVID-19 precautions.
The event is an engineering challenge to be completed by event participants and features women in the engineering field as guest speakers. Event participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and have discussions with STEM professionals while exploring and honing their own engineering skills.
Led by Southeastern Louisiana University and Northshore Technical Community College, Northshore STEM increases community awareness and interest in STEM by promoting and creating STEM events and supporting out-of-school programs in the north shore region.
Chuck Crabtree, co-chairperson of the Northshore STEM Coalition, said the whole idea behind Engineering Day for Girls is for participants to leave the event with the mindset, “I am what a future engineer looks like!”
“For our country to remain competitive in the rapidly changing world of technology, we need a diversity of viewpoints, as well as the creativity and innovation of both male and female participants,” Crabtree said. “Women have traditionally been underrepresented in engineering, but we can change that. By providing support, encouragement and access to more opportunities to apply STEM knowledge and the engineering design process, we can help girls envision themselves in engineering careers.”
This year’s engineering challenge is to construct a functional bridge out of popsicle sticks and wood glue, which will be provided by the event organizers. NASA System Quality Engineer Renee Horton will lead the activity.
“Showing our girls that they can create and innovate something techie, is an amazing experience for them,” Horton said. “When they realize they can do it, it makes the impossible seem possible for all their dreams. Engineering is the start of them creating something amazing.”
Participants will use the engineering process to design, build and test their bridges. Winners will be selected in different categories, such as the bridge that holds the most weight using canned goods as weights, the most cost-effective bridge that uses the least craft sticks and the fastest built bridge.
Engineering Day for Girls is open to girls of all ages, but those under third grade must have a “Lab Assistant” (parent, older sibling or guardian) to supervise during the activity. Boys of all ages are also welcome to join in on the fun, and can participate as “Lab Assistant” to a girl “Lead Engineer.”
In-person event locations will be: Lacombe (Northshore Technical Community College — STEM Campus); Hammond (Southeastern Louisiana University); and Walker (Northshore Technical Community College — Livingston Campus).
To reinforce the idea that engineering requires collaboration, all three campuses will be connected with each other for the event, as well as with those participating from home via video conferencing.
Registration is required for both in-person and at-home participation. For more information and to sign up for the event, go to http://bit.ly/3jmWAFR.
For more information about Northshore STEM, visit www.northshorestem.org.
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