A Display of Scientific Talent

A Display of Scientific Talent photo
Sophomores enrolled in Babylon Junior-Senior High School’s Science Research course recently presented their independent projects at Molloy College’s Kathy Belton Science Fair alongside more than 400 students from other Suffolk and Nassau County high schools.
 
During their visit, students gave presentations on their research projects to Molloy College science faculty members, as well as their peers. This allowed students to participate in the peer review process, which is one of the central tenets of scientific research. 

The Babylon students brought seven projects to the competition, all with a focus on some aspect of green energy or environmental remediation, ranging from using bivalves as natural water filters to controlling algae blooms with natural materials. Additionally, the participants received feedback from the judges and their peers, which will help them with their presenting skills and their implementation of the scientific process, as this was their first time competing in the field of science.

One of the projects, “Testing the effects of copper sulfate on the growth of Lemnoidae (duckweed)” by Amanda Gilmore, Juliana Vota, and Emma Ward, was selected as an award winner amongst all of the entries. This recognition signifies that they placed in the top 15 percent from the more than 400 projects that were present at the fair. The students will be honored at an awards ceremony in May when they find out exactly what place they have won.