NORTH SALEM, N.Y. – The North Salem Middle School held its inaugural science fair for the sixth grade class April 9, thanks to the work of North Salem High School student Amanda Siciliano.
The Science Fair was first pitched to North Salem Middle School teacher Teresa Dzubak, the sixth grade science teacher, by Siciliano, who was working on her Girl Scout Gold Award Project. This award is the most prestigious accomplishment in the Girl Scout community, which requires over 80 hours of work. The project needed to show that it encompassed a global audience and sustainable issues, as well as showcase Siciliano in a leadership role.
Since May 2014, she worked closely with Dzubak and created and organized worksheets for the fair. After introducing the project to the 95 sixth grade students who would be participating, Siciliano worked diligently with them, guiding the students step-by-step through the Scientific Method process and spending many hours testing their hypotheses and designing their display boards.
High school students from Mr. Digaetano’s Science Research class along with different North Salem teachers made up the judging panel. While all 95 students walked away winners, three projects were selected to receive gift cards for their outstanding thought process. Third place went to Eric D’Amato and Jake Yoel for their project titled, “How the Amount of Ingredients in a Liquid Affects its Freezing Point.” The second place prize went to Sydney Jacobson and Ava Jolley for their project titled, “Music’s Effect on Organization.” Lastly, the first place prize went to Carly Billings and Jillian Rei for their project titled, “The Effect of Packaging on the Decomposition of Strawberries.”
The event will now held annually for future sixth grade students in North Salem Middle School.