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22 Students Win Big at RPI Greater Capital Region Science and Engineering Fair!!!

On March 21st 32 Greenwich Students competed at the RPI Greater Capital Region Science and Engineering Fair. Students have spent the last year completing independent innovative science research in their area of interest. The fair was the largest ever drawing in almost 90 students in the high school division and over 60 students in the junior division. Schools competed from as far away as Nyack High School just over the Tappan Zee Bridge to upstate New York. Many local Suburban Council Schools were represented at the Fair and Greenwich students were the only students participating from Washington County. Greenwich students took away 12 awards from the competition representing the work of 22 students.

Senior Division

In the Senior Division, junior Lucian D’Acchille won the US Air Force and Reserve Award for his research “Converting a Diesel Tractor Engine to Burn Used Oil to Create a More Energy Efficient Engine.” D’Acchille also won the Nuclear Award which is awarded to a project related to energy. D’Acchille’s research looked at converting a diesel tractor engine to burn used oil. He found that not only could a diesel engine burn used oil but it was able to produce the same amount of horsepower but used significantly less fuel. D’Acchille’s second award makes him one of only eight students in the senior division to win more than one award at the event. D’Acchile is a part of the UHS science research class at Greenwich.

Junior Division: Intel ISEF Awards

1st Honorable Mention overall in the Junior Division went to Grace Stone and Madison Loveland for their research entitled, “Clean and Green: Can Essential Oils Prevent the Growth of the Bacteria E. coli?” In their research Stone and Loveland were able to show that the use of Clove, Cinnamon and Oregano essential oils were able to inhibit the growth of E. coli. Oregano was able to inhibit even more E.coli growth than household bleach.
2nd Honorable Mention overall in the Junior Division went to Erin Armitage, Brooke Smith and Madelyn Brophy for their research entitled, “Hydroponic Fodder: Can Hydroponic Fodder Produce as Much Feed as Soil Grown Fodder?” In their research the team found that hydroponic fodder, or grasses grown hydroponically can produce as much mass of feed as those grown with soil.
3rd Honorable Mention overall in the Junior Division went to Quinn Collins and Henry Gartner for their research “Bacteria Bio warfare and Beef” Gartner and Collins found that Beef and Bacteria treated with a bacteriophage (a virus that infects bacteria) will produce, on average, less bacterial colonies. Brooke Wright and Callagh Mays won the Association for Women Geoscientists Award, and Intel ISEF award, for their research entitled, “Hi Yo Silver! Bacteria Away! Can Silver Nanoparticles Neutralize Bacteria?” This study showed that silver nanoparticles in high concentration can inhibit the growth of E.coli.

Maxwell Gobin and Jake Niles won the Regional Ricoh Sustainable Development Award, an Intel ISEF award, for their research, “Who Let the Lead Out? How Different pH Levels Effect Lead Degradation” Their study evaluated how much lead would leech into acidic and basic water. Brynne Wright and Arianna Spiezio won the Intel ISEF award from the US Air Force and Reserve for their research entitled, “Nanotechnology: The ShamWow of the Ocean” looked at using Ferro fluid and a neodymium magnet to remove oil from water of different salinities. This would give insight to oil removal from the ocean using similar techniques.

Evan Carpenter and Christian Bittel won the US Navy and Marine Corps Award, and Intel ISEF award, for their research entitled, “H2O to GO” which looked to see whether or not heating the solutions of a hydrogen fuel cell could increase the speed of energy conversion and output of the cell.

Junior Division: Regional Awards

Lucia D’Acchille and Isabella Perkins won the American Society for Microbiology Award, a regional award, for their research on Pilobolus entitled, “Ready, Aim, Fire: The LED Color Preference of Pilobolus”. D’Acchille and Perkins evaluated the effect of Red, Blue and White LED lights on the phototropic qualities of the fungus Pilobolus which shoots its spores towards areas of light to ensure consumption by bovine to complete their life cycle. Thomas Abate and Matt Ginart won the Nuclear Award for their research entitled, “Waving Hello to Alternative Energy: Finding the Best Spot for Wave Generators.” Their research looked at NOAA wave data to determine the best power output for wave generators that generate energy through ocean waves. Olivia Snell and Annabel Gregg won the Cullen Blake Excellence Award for their research entitled “Smart Phones. Smart Students? Does Social Media Use Affect Grades?” Dr. Cullen Blake, a former participant, Intel Semifinalist and current Research PhD at Princeton University presented the Cullen Blake Award to Snell and Gregg in person. Dr. Blake with the guest speaker at this year’s competition. He currently researches exoplanets in our solar system.

Regents and State Test Review Sessions to Start!

Living Environment (REGENTS Tuesday June 16th PM): Every day except June 4th Afterschool room 212

Earth Science (REGENTS Friday June 19th AM): Tuesday June 2nd;Thursday June 4th;Tuesday June 9th;Thursday June 11th

Chemistry (REGENTS Tuesday June 23rd AM) : Tuesday 6/2 Chapter 10A; Thursday 6/4 Chapter 10B; Tuesday 6/9 Chapter 11; Thursday 6/11 Chapter 12

Science Symposium Highlights

Keynote speaker was Chris Logue who is the Director of the Division of Plant Industry at NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets. Prior to working for Ag and Markets Chris worked for Cornell Cooperative Extension as an extension educator specializing in commercial horticulture. Chris holds a Bachelor of Science in Plant and Soil Science from the University of Vermont and a Master of Science in Entomology from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln.

Logue spoke on the Implementation of Biological Control of the Emerald Ash Borer.