At Falmouth Academy’s 26th annual science fair Thursday, February 13, more than 170 students in grades 7 – 12 presented their projects to three of the nearly 100 volunteer judges, primarily from Woods Hole and Falmouth scientific and engineering communities. The judges based their choices on the students’ research and data as well as their ability to articulate the details, processes, and results of their independent research.
Sophomore Charlotte Van Voorhis and freshmen Oliver Russell and Eliza Van Voorhis earned upper school honorable mentions at Falmouth Academy’s annual science fair.
Charlotte, who investigated invasive plant species and micro-elevation in salt marshes, also earned second place in the upper school for excellence in graphic presentation. Eliza’s project was “The effect of varying CO2 levels on the germination and growth of Pisum satrium and Zea mays.” The girls are the daughters of Rachel and Charlie Van Voorhis of Mattapoisett.
Oliver, whose project asked the question, “Does a pond’s surrounding affect its health?” is the son of Jen and Greg Russell of Mattapoisett.
Seventh grader Emma Keeler, the daughter of Wendy and Russell Keeler of Rochester, won a third prize for her project researching the effect of sugar on the heart rate of Daphnia magna.
Eighth grader Alexei Sudofsky earned a fourth prize for his project “Where is the best place to strike a soccer ball?” Alexei’s parents are Katherine and Michael Sudofsky of Marion.
Eighth graders Megan Iverson and Alissya Silva, both from Marion, earned honorable mentions. Megan, who studied the effect of deicers on ice, is the daughter of Jane Tucker and Matthew Iverson. Alissya, the daughter of Solange and Joelson Silva, researched how different fin configurations affect the performance of a surfboard.
Alexei Sudofsky, an eighth grader from Marion, who earned a fourth prize in the middle school at Falmouth Academy’s annual all-school science fair (February 13) for his project “Where is the best place to strike a soccer ball?” In this photo Alexei demonstrates his project to one of his judges. He is the son of Katherine and Michael Sudofsky of Marion.
Sophomore Eliza Van Voorhis with her project,“The effect of varying CO2 levels on the germination and growth of Pisum satrium and Zea mays.” The daughter of Rachel and Charlie Van Voorhis of Mattapoisett, Eliza received honorable mention