Simply Outstanding!  Hillhouse 10th Graders Win 6 of 9 High School Biological Science Awards at the New Haven Science Fair!  6 Hillhouse student submissions — 6 winners!! 

Just imagine 8,000 kids across the city of New Haven, CT…all participating in science experiments in the months prior to the 2013 New Haven Science Fair.  Of these 8,000 over 250 K-12 students decided to submit a project to be judged in the science fair.  Some of the younger students worked as part of a classroom team while the high school age students performed individual data collection and analysis that revolved around a hypothesis they felt related to their community.

31 total projects (physical and biological science) were submitted in the high school category –  James Hillhouse High School submitted 6 of the 22 biological science projects…and ALL 6 Hillhouse science fair projects won an award this year. Awards included, 1st place and 3rd place, and a prize in the most highly sought after category Energy Alternatives & Promoting Environmental Protection

4 Honorable Mentions were also awarded in the Biology category.  In addition, 5 of the 7 special awards  were also won by Hillhouse students in the following areas:  Innovation, Excellence in Ecology, Environmental Studies, Energy Alternatives & Promoting Environmental Protection. Because of this win, Hillhouse is the most successful high school in biological science in the New Haven Public School District.

All students who submitted a science fair project are to be commended. At Why Science, we are very happy that the Science Fair Ready To TeachTM module created for Hillhouse was able to support the teacher and several of the students as they prepared the science fair projects. In fact students who used our modules to guide them through the science fair project had a much higher chance of winning a prize than those who didn’t including the prize winners below. [Click to find how the Why Science Learning system helps]

1st Place, HS Biological Individual–Alejandra Corona Ortega  also received The Community Foundation For Greater New Haven Award for projects that promote Environmental Protection & Alternative Energy for her project titled “Putting Down the Bullies!” Can we eradicate Japanese Knotweed from Beaver Pond Park? This project investigates how.

3rd Place, HS Biological Individual–Denzel Walker  also received The Dennis Bornick Award for excellence in Environmental Studies and Alternative-Energy Sources for his  project titled “Utopia for an Inland Wetland”. This project investigates what conditions best suit the organisms whose water way begins under Hillhouse High School and extends into Beaver Pond Park.

Honorable Mention, HS Biological Individual–Domany Koivogui  also received 2 special awards for her project titled “Tougher Turf”. The Biology Innovation award for a biology project that displays unique innovation and adherence to the principles of the scientific method and The Woman’s Seamen’s Friend Society Award for excellence in the study of fresh or saltwater ecology.  Why would a neighborhood school want to put in artificial turf instead of fresh green grass? This project investigates how the application of artificial turf would affect the environment of Beaver Pond Park.

Honorable Mention, HS Biological Individual–Courtney Haigler also received a special award for her project “Bringing Back the Blue”.  The NEW HAVEN BIRD CLUB AWARD: The Millie Letis Memorial Award for excellence and creativity in the study of bird behavior and bird habitats. Bluebirds used to sing all day in Beaver Pond Park, their natural habitat. This project investigates how to bring back Bluebirds by providing them with the habitat they enjoy the most.

Honorable Mention, HS Biological IndividualTimothy Ewing for his project “Carbon Dams”. Polluted waters often have a high acid content; an optimal filter would be biological and allow flow of water while reducing acid.  This project investigates which type of carbon filter is most effective to decrease acidity.

Honorable Mention, HS Biological IndividualJaliyah White for her project “Grassland Gazebo”. This project involves research and planting of native grasses to return an area to it’s native state to impede succession.

Congratulations to all winners!


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