Fifteen students from Greenwich High School and Sacred Heart Greenwich won awards for their science project proposals and completed projects at the regional Connecticut STEM fair over the weekend.
Students from 15 schools showcased and presented 188 projects at Amity Regional High School on Saturday. Six individuals and groups representing Sacred Heart and four students from Greenwich High School took home awards for various categories, including research proposals and completed projects in environmental, behavioral and physical sciences.
For her first science fair, Sacred Heart junior Malika Amoruso presented her proposal to research a way to filter out arsenic, lead and chromium-6 from drinking water using a material called graphene oxide.
“It was a bit of a whirlwind,” Amoruso said in an email. “Despite initial nerves, I really enjoyed presenting my proposal to the judges, as it enabled me to speak about a field of science that I am passionate about.”
She enjoyed asking the judges about their scientific backgrounds and hearing from the keynote speaker, a renowned researcher in genetics and developmental biology.
“When my name was called for first place in the environmental proposals category, I was astounded,” Amoruso said. “I had no expectations of placing at all and went into the experience just hoping to share my excitement about my topic with anyone who wanted to listen.”
She plans to submit develop prototypes to the 2020 fair.
Junior Caroline Badagliacca studied how music helps alleviate the day-to-day symptoms of Alzheimer’s and dementia by releasing chemicals that stimulate memory and allow patients reconnect to the world around them, she said.
“It was great to be able to discuss my work with the judges who asked challenging questions,” she said.
Badagliacca plans to research this summer at Brown University, and hopes to enter her completed research in the STEM Fair next year.