Science Fair


                                               

2017 Delaware Valley Science Fair Awards

Congratulations to our 2017 Winners! Pictured from left to right: Paul Clark, Chaelee Crane, Sanjit Shelukar, Gokul Perugo, and Rutva Shah

On April 5thth, 2017, the Philadelphia Section of STLE awarded the following 7 students who presented projects in the Delaware Valley Science Fair with $100 awards for their projects related to Lubrication and Corrosion.  The winners of the awards and their respective projects are listed below. The Delaware Valley Science Fair is the culmination of the fairs at the individual schools throughout the Tri-state region for students from grades 6-12. It was held at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, PA.  There were estimated 960 exhibits. The exhibitors at this fair have previously received awards in the fairs at their respective schools for their category. The exhibits we awarded were from the Chemistry & Environmental Science and other categories, and were related to topics concerning lubrication, corrosion evaluation,  and spill remediation control among others.  I participated in the judging and awards selection with Tom O Brien and Mandi McElwain from the Phila. Section.  The list of awardees follows:

 

1)            Hannah Xiao, Grade 10, from Upper Dublin High School, Fort Washington PA, for her project entitled    “What Additive will Decrease the Melting Point of Biodiesel?”  This project involved making biodiesel from cooking grease, then addiotizing with Ethanol, Acetone, and DMSO at various levels, and determining melting points.

 

2)            Sanjit Shelukar, Grade 10, Wissahickon HS, Ambler PA.,for his project entitled  “The Effect of Nanoparticles on the Amount of Steam Generated”This project evaluated various types of nanoparticles in water to see the effect on water evaporation under a controlled heat source.

 

3)            Gokul Perugu, Grade 8, Springhouse Middle School, Allentown PA.,for his project   “The Effect of Scenedesmus on the Bioremediation of Oil Spills”.  This project evaluated and oil degradation by various types of green algae.

 

4)            Claudia Schreier, Grade 10, Marine Academy of Tech/Environmental Science, Manhawkin NJ,, for her project “A Predictive Model for Emulsion Droplet Dispersion and Uniformity”.  This project involved the study of particle size determination of emulsion droplets formed by various blades and speeds.

 

5)        Paul Clark, Grade 8, Engie Middle School, West Grove PA,   for his project “Leaf Fuel” which measured the effectiveness of various types of maple leafs to produce fuel.

 

6)            Rutva Shah, Grade 7, Tom’s River Intermediate North Way, Toms River NJ, for his project “Does the Viscosity of a Liquid Affect the Rat at which a Marble Can Travel Through It?”, which was a viscosity experiment with various household items.

 

7)            Chaelee Crane, Grade 7, North Brandywine Middle School, Coatesville PA, for her very heartrending and brilliant project to design a better brace for her young sister, who was born with “club foot”

 

This was an excellent event for the STLE Philadelphia Section to support! There are numerous students interested in science and also very familiar with the scientific method of experimentation. There seems to be a huge interest in saving our environment and finding “greener” methods to accomplish difficult tasks.

 

Nick Ariano   Science Fair Committee Chair

STLE Philadelphia section

nariano@harrymillercorp.com

215-324-4000  ext 227

 

 

2016 Delaware Valley Science Fair Awards

 

On March 30th, 2016, the Philadelphia Section of STLE awarded the following 5 students who presented projects in the Delaware Valley Science Fair with $100 awards for their projects related to Lubrication and Corrosion.  The winners of the awards and their respective projects are listed below. The Delaware Valley Science Fair is the culmination of the fairs at the individual schools throughout the Tri-state region for students from grades 6-12. It was held at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, PA.  There were estimated 1000 exhibits. The exhibitors at this fair have previously received awards in the fairs at their respective schools for their category. The exhibits we awarded were from the Chemistry & Environmental Science categories, and were related to studies concerning lubrication, corrosion evaluation, friction studies, and oil spill remediation control.  I participated in the judging and awards selection with Tom O Brien and Bill Tuszynski from the Phila. Section.  The list of awardees was:

 

1)            Albert Yuan, Grade 11, from the “Charter School of Wilmington, in Wilmington DE for his project entitled    “Removing Rust Using Exoelectrogenic Bacteria”  This project evaluated rust removal using a species of bacteria which the student incubated and applied to rusty steel.

2)            Anoop Bhat, Grade 10, North Penn H.S., Lansdale PA, for his project entitled  “Ships That Fear Water”This project evaluated various coatings on hulls of model ships to see if friction was reduced.  The student devised a transmitter and motion sensor on the model boat, being pulled with a standard weight on a pulley, which relayed data to a laptop which then computed acceleration for each trial.

3)            Jason Chee, Grade 9, of Germantown Academy, Fort Washington PA, for his project   “How Much Speed Does Friction Take Away”.  This project evaluated and quantified friction increase as rubber bands were added to a standard weight sliding down an incline and compared results to predicted coefficients of friction.

4)            John Cobin, Grade 7, of Oldman’s Township School, Pedricktown, NJ, for his project “Jack It Up”.  This project involved the study of different size hydraulic cylinders (using syringes as the master cylinder) to determine  what size would lift the most weight. He came up with the idea while helping Dad dig a trench with a front end loader.

5)        Cecilia Quirk, Grade 8, from Academy of Notre Dame de Namur , Villanova PA.  Her project “Minimize the Spoil of the Oil” was an experiment on the effectiveness of oil spill removal from water using various concentrations of Ferrofluids dispersed in oil followed by magnetic oil removal.

This was an excellent event for the STLE Philadelphia Section to support! There are numerous students interested in science and also very familiar with the scientific method of experimentation. There seems to be a huge interest in saving our environment and finding “greener” methods to accomplish difficult tasks.

 

Nick Ariano   Science Fair Committee Chair

STLE Philadelphia section

nariano@harrymillercorp.com