Ten fifth and sixth graders from The Summit Country Day School’s received superior ratings on the posters they presented at the Harold C. Schott Middle School Science Fair on Feb. 12 making them eligible for region-wide competition.
One of them, fifth grader Cailyn Youtsey, Maysville, Ky., earned a perfect score of 10 from both her judges on each of the four judging categories — knowledge achieved, effective use of scientific method, clarity of expression and originality and creativity.
Cailyn has a passion for art and history of ancient cultures -- Egyptian, Mayan, Chinese and native American history. When it came time to pick a topic for her research, she had just read an article about native American cave paintings in Kentucky and Tennessee. She entitled her project “An evaluation of early Native American paint pigments, stone canvas types and environment on paint vibrancy.”
In addition to Cailyn, students who are also eligible to advance to regional competition include sixth grader Sydney Brinkman, Amberley Village, who researched “The Effect of Varying Healthy and Unhealthy Ingredients on Kids’ Taste Preferences for Chocolate Chip Cookies”; fifth graders Wyatt Miller, Indian Hill, “What Are the Effects of Currents on How Plastic Trash Spreads in the Water?”; Shaun Rice, Westwood, “What Is the Effect of Deflating or Over Pumping a Basketball on How High the Basketball Bounces?”; and fifth graders Olivia de Lacy, “What is the Effect of the Type of Shoe I Wear on How Long I Can Spin Without Stopping?”; Johnny Sumnar, “What Is the Effect of Temperature on How Long It Takes for a Balloon to Pop?”; Faye Edmondson, “Does the Type of Stitch Affect How Much a Bag Can Carry?”; Madelyn Smith, “What is the Effect of the Thickness of the Wheels on a Bike on How Fast You Go?”; Nate Gockerman, “What Is the Effect of the Brand of AA Batteries on the Amount of Energy They Provide?”; and Jack Reynolds, “What Thickness of Fishing Line Would Carry the Most Weight? all of Hyde Park.
Altogether, 24 judges volunteered to rate the 47 student poster presentations. Each student’s work was reviewed by two judges, who independently scored their presentations on a 10-point scale. A score of 9 or 10 is reserved for superior projects.
“Attending the science fair reinforced my view that our teachers are doing an outstanding job in teaching our advanced science curriculum,” said Head of School Rich Wilson. “The students were just 10 or 11 years old, yet their projects demonstrated they know the scientific method well. They are curious about their world and want to understand how things in their world work.”
The next round of competition will be at the University of Cincinnati Science and Engineering Expo (UC SEE) on March 14. UC SEE participants will compete for over $40,000 in scholarships and cash awards in 2020.
See a photo gallery of the Science Fair here.