Recent Science Fairs

2017 Science Fair

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Science Fair Winners

Freshman/Sophomore Round:
1st – Albert Farah
2nd – Darwin Do and Ethan Medeiros
3rd – Lauren Brown
Honorable Mention – Thiago Andrade, Winnie Standeven, Jessica Taddeo

Junior/Senior Round:
1st – Joseph Farah
2nd – Valentina Luma, Bernifka St. Jean
3rd – Carson Kurtz-Rossi, Laura Schmidt
Honorable Mention – Scott Ranjanathan, Leora Ferra


2016 Science Fair

Medford High School and Medford Vocational-Technical High School hosted its Annual Science and Engineering Fair on Thursday, February 25th, 2016. Students in grades 9-12 displayed innovative projects for the school and the community. This year’s Science and Engineering Fair winners were selected from 35 projects, which included a broad range of student-generated topics.

Medford residents, graduate students from our community partner, Tufts University, as well as engineers from Genzyme Corporation served as experts in the field that met with students and judged the student projects.

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The winners of the 2015 Science and Engineering Fair were:

  • Darwin Do and Ethan Medeiros (First Place, Grade 9) The Effects of Encouragement and Discouragement in a Reaction Based Environment
  • Joseph Farah (First Place, Grade 11) A Study of Spectral Index and Flux Density Variation in Spectral Energy Distributions of High Redshift Radio Galaxies
  • Rubia Fernandes and Hannah Chan (Second Place, Grade 9) Ocean Acidification
  • Michelle Nguyen (Second Place, Grade 12) The Effect of Varying Fungal Chitin Concentrations on the Tensile Strength of Bioplastics
  • Julia Galebach and Cadence Higgins (Third Place, Grade 9) The Effect of Pollution on Aquatic Life
  • Serena Do and Simona Miller (Third Place, Grade 12) The Effect of Varying Alcohol Types and Concentrations on the Sensitivity of Muon Flux Detection by a Cloud Chamber
  • Scott Ranjanathan (Honorable Mention, Grade 10) The effect of the number of blades on the output of electricity on wind turbines
  • Lia BenDaniel and Alieda Brenton (Honorable Mention, Grade 9) Energy Source Survey
  • Ann Le (Honorable Mention, Grade 12), Viability of co-cultured Mycobacterium smegmatis and THP-1 cell derived macrophages following infections in vitro
  • John Mucci Riley and Vanessa Liu (Honorable Mention, Grade 12), The Effect of Chemical Environments of Local Moons on the Survival of Life

Additional participants in this year’s fair were: Daria Agrba (9), Elizabeth Carey (9), Haley DiPietrantonio (9), Megan Smith (9), Brenna Forbes (9), Daniel Johnson (9), Jessica Lamin (9), Jenny Lu (9), Nicholas Maniscalco (9), Jessica Taddeo (9), Abby Vigliotte (9), Brianna Desimone (10), Na-Asia Jacques (10), Noah Kreatz (10), Tess Mauro (10), Leonidas Pancic (10), Claudia Pupo (10), Courtney Stowe (10), Victoria Zubricki (10), Georgia Bowder-Newton (11), Emma Cline (11), Valentina Luma (11), Laura Schmidt (11), Connor Bryan (12) Julia Casey (12), Louis Chin (12), Curt Diettrich (12), Sarah-Jo Dirienzo (12), Molly Fenn (12), Sean Freeman (12), Amel Hassan (12), Victoria Miller Browne (12), Chris Odom (12), Jai Patel (12), Stanley Ung (12), and Elianna Viggiani (12).


2015 Science Fair

Winners of the 2015 Medford High School and Medford Vocational-Technical High School Science & Engineering Fair

Grades 9-10

#1. Joseph Farah, Redshift as affected by cumulative time Dilation Contraction and Relativistic Length

#2. Adrienne Arnold, Pets and Heart Rate

#3. Scott Ranjanathan, The Effect of Blade Size on the Output of Electricity on Wind Turbines

Honorable Mention:

Ning Jiang The Effect of Color on Emotions

Heather Gatto Auditory Memory vs. Visual Memory

Grades 11-12

#1. Ann Le, How does laser therapy affect normal human osteoblasts?

#2. Simona Miller, An Exploration into the Relationship Between Cosmic Ray Flux and Weather

#3. Serena Do, How do projector-generated illumination patterns affect the clarity and intensity of images under a microscope?

Honorable Mention:

Cynthia Miguel, The Effect of Surface Area to Volume Ratio on Cellular Respiration

Daria Eshelman and Nicholas Giurleo, How Light Intensity and Light Concentration Effect Solar Panel Efficiency


2014 Science Fair

Winners

Upper Division (Grade 11-12)

  • First Place – Erica Budina (Grade 12)
  • Runner Up – Abigail Candee (Grade 12)

Lower Division (Grade 9-10)

  • First Place – Michelle Nguyen (Grade 10)
  • Second Place – Philip Martin (Grade 10)
  • Third Place – Team – Wilhem Jacques (Grade 9), Carson Kurtz-Rossi (Grade 9), Laura Schmidt (Grade 9)
  • Honorable Mention – Emily Serra (Grade 10)
  • Honorable Mention – Jennifer Zuluaga (Grade 10)

Energy Conscious Prize from the Medford Energy Committee

  • Cynthia Miguel (Grade 11)

All Participants

MHS Science Fair Participants 2014 by Medford Public Schools and City of Medford, MA

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2013 Science Fair

Winners
Grades 9-10

  • #1. John Mucci-Riley, The Effect of a Plant on the Temperature of a Sealed Container of C02
  • #2. Philip Martin, The Effects of Surface Structures on the Hydrophobicity of Silicon Surfaces
  • #3. Michelle Nguyen, The Effect of Ascorbic Acid on the pH Level of Organic Foods
  • Honorable Mention: Serena Do (An Investigation into the Calorie Count of Oils), Raveena Longia (The Effect of Desalinization on Salinity Levels)

Winners
Grades 11-12

  • #1. Erica Budina, The effect of chemical crosslinking on the structural and mechanical properties of ECM-Biblin Hydrogels
  • #2. Abigail Candee, The Effect of Cations on Yeast Fermentation
  • Honorable Mention: Kaleigh Smith, How does the starting temperature affect crystal growth and heat generation in hand warmers?


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MHS Science Fair Participants


2012 Science Fair

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2012 science fair winners

Grade 9 and Grade 10 Division Winners

  • 1st place: Erica Budina, Grade 10
    The Quest Continues: A chitosan-based biocomposite with antibacterial properties and improved tensile strength
  • 2nd place: Nicholas Giurleo, Grade 9
    The Effect of Motor Oil on Seaweed (Chlorophyta pheophyceae) growth
  • 3rd place: Shahrayz Shah, Grade 10
    The Effect of Different materials on vegetable absorbance from water

Grade 11 and Grade 12 Division Winner

  • 1st place: John Bailey, Grade 11
    Non-newtonian Fluid Armor

Honorable Mention

  • Conor McGovern, Grade 10
    The Effect of winglets on the flight performance of styrofoam gliders
  • Cynthia Miguel, Grade 9
    An investigation into Fuel Efficiency: the effect of different fuels on wick burning time
  • Jennifer Frederick, Grade 11
    The Effect of Conductors and Insulators on and electroencephalogram (EEG) and measuring brain waves during memorization and recall

Participants and their teachers

Ms. Carmosino

  • Lisa Coppi, Grade 12, The Effect of Oil on Soil and how it can be fixed

Ms. Carnabucci

  • Angela Valente, Grade 10, What is the effect of the number of facebook friends on High School Students’ test scores?

Mr. Cieri

  • Kerry Collins, Grade 10, What is the effect of UV Rays on Medicine Bottles?
  • Wiktoria Tamburini, Grade 10, The Effect of Ipods on Hearing

Mr. Contrada

  • Erica Budina, Grade 10, The Quest Continues: A chitosan-based biocomposite with antibacterial properties and improved tensile strength
  • Conor McGovern, Grade 10, The Effect of Winglets on the flight performance of Styrofoam Gliders
  • (Bahati) Chris Nkera, Grade 10, The Mechanics of Assembling of the Simple Hovercraft
  • Shahrayz Shah, Grade 10, The Effect of Different Materials on Vegetable Oil Absorbance from Water

Ms. Driscoll

  • Abigail Morse, Grade 10, Does Fertilizer Benefit Venus Fly Traps?
  • Jose Pineda Portillo, Grade 10, Is Germination affected by the Amount of Light Received?

Ms. Ensign

  • Nicholas Giurleo, Grade 9, The Effect of Motor Oil on Seaweed (Chlorophyta pheophyceae) Growth
  • Kayla Joyner, Grade 9, The Effect of Hydroponics method vs. conventional horticulture on kidney bean plant (Phasoleus vulgaris) Height
  • Raveena Longia, Grade 9, The Effect of Gravity on the growth of Eggplants
  • Cynthia Miguel, Grade 9, An investigation into Fuel Efficiency: The Effect of Different Fuels on Wick Burning Time

Ms. Haberkorn

  • Jessica Brady, Grade 9, The Effect of Type of Hand cream on Skin Tone and Smoothness of Hands
  • Courteney DiDomenico, Grade 9, The Effect of type of Citrus fruit on the cleanliness of a penny
  • Matthew Minchello, Grade 9, The Effect of Type of Treatment on the Lifespan of a Banana
  • Jagia Tamburini, Grade 9, The Effect of Spending Time with a Dog on Blood Pressure
  • David Todisco, Grade 9, The Effect of the Amount of Baking Powder on Cookie Density

Ms. Holland

  • Marcella Boy, Grade 10, Shaping Thoughts
  • Tim Jewett, Grade 10, Light Bulbs and You
  • Lynzie Pierce, Grade 9, Effect of temperature on Baking
  • Melinda Smith, Grade 9, Does temperature affect rate of tomato spoilage?

Ms. Lucuk

  • Marcus Howard, Grade 9, B-Vest

Mr. Richter

  • John McGoldrick, Grade 9, The Effect of Acidic Substances on Calcification
  • Amanda Ruocco, Grade 9, The Interpretation of Facial Expressions on Body Language by Teens and Adults
  • Alana Valdez, Grade 9, The Accuracy of Slap Shots vs. Wrist Shots

Mr. Wadness

  • Shawn Normile, Grade 9, How Cold Weather Affects a Basketball
  • John Bailey, Grade 11, Non-Newtonian Fluid Armor
  • Jennifer Fredrick, Grade 11, The Effect of Conductors and Insulators on an Electroencelphalogram (EEG) and measuring brain waves during memorization and recall
  • Alexander Leccese, Grade 11, The Effect of Projectile Inclines on Range

2011 Science Fair

Below is a photo slideshow of the event.

2011 Winners:

Grades 9 & 10

  • 1st Place, Erica Budina, Grade 9, A Quest for a Stronger Homemade Bioplastic
  • 2nd Place, John Bailey, Grade 10, The Effect of Biological Fluids on Ceramic
  • 3rd Place, Barbara Araya, Grade 10, The Effect of Location on Tropospheric Ozone Levels

Honorable Mention

  • James Conlon, Grade 10, Egg-ology: Finding Substitutes for Eggs and the Effect on Taste Perception by People
  • Jane Pierre, Grade 10, Model of a Geyser
  • Fredrick Vargus, Grade 9, Hermit Crabs and Shell Color

Grades 11 & 12

  • 1st Place (Tie), Katherine Kulik, Grade 12, The Effect of Different Liquids on Bacterial Growth and Mark Roberto, Grade 12, The Effect of Gold Nanoparticles on Hydra

Honorable Mention

  • Roger Zurawicki, Grade 11, The Effect of Weather on Cosmic Ray Flux