NORTHBROOK – Forty students qualified for the Illinois Junior Academy of Science regional competition after receiving gold awards at the Northbrook Junior High School Science Fair on Saturday, Jan. 20.
The science fair showcases the semester-long projects created by students who are enrolled in the Independent Science Research class. A total of 56 students participated with and 40 receiving gold awards and advancing to regionals, and 16 receiving silver awards. There are three levels of awards. None of the students received the bronze award.
Mr. Mark Frye, Mrs. Pam Mendelson, and Mrs. Amber Paull work with each student to come up with an experiment based on his or her interests, then guides each student through the process.
“Designing an experiment that is of their own choosing — thinking about how to control it, what materials they are going to use, how many trials they are going to do — is really the authentic work of a scientist,” Mr. Frye said.
Each student made a presentation to a panel of three judges at the science fair. The judges evaluate the oral presentation, the written work and scientific method of the experiments based on a rubric set by the Illinois Jr. Academy of Science.
“I have a passion for marine biology and, why not get a jump on it?” said 7th-grade student, Parvi Bhatnagar, who studied how different types of fish react to different sounds and lights. “I wrote a 20-page paper that I’m really proud of.”
Max Glaubinger, an 8th-grader, also participated in the class last year. His project was “Text Size: Which Size is Best for Math Tests?”
“It’s a lot of work. But once you get through it, you feel very accomplished. It’s a great emotion to feel,” Max said.
See Attached document for a list of winners and the titles of their projects.
Submitted by Northbrook Junior High School