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SAAWA Middle School Science Fair

SMS Science Fair winners  pictured with science teachers Diane Caplain, Kristi Willis and Brian Pernice.

Several students from Great Neck South Middle School earned top awards at the 2024 South Asian American Women’s Alliance (SAAWA) Middle School Science Fair. Award winners will be recognized and presented with monetary awards at a ceremony hosted by SAAWA on May 30.

South Middle students Isabella Huang, Elizabeth Kennedy, and Diana Wang won first place for their project, “The Effect of Difficulty of the Task on the Way Randomized Groups Cooperate”. 

Four projects received second-place awards: Dave Rubinchik, “Determining the Compressive Strength of Various Infills in FDM 3D Printing”; Jada Lin, “Where is the Best Breeding Ground for Bacteria”; Linda Yue and Andrea Chou, “The Effect of Shape on Tower Efficiency”; and Atharv Dhawan, “Chasing Rays: The Effect of Solar Tracking on Power Generation”. 

Jaslyn Chan and Victoria Wong earned a third-place award for their project, “Color Attraction and M&Ms”.

Regina Joseph and Raegan Wu received honorable mention for their project, “Effect of Different Color Lights on Plant Growth”.

Award winners from South Middle were coached by science research teachers Diane Caplain, Kristi Willis, and Brian Pernice.

The SAAWA Middle School Science Fair is open to seventh and eighth-grade students. The mission of SAAWA is to “encourage, promote leadership and innovation among students in STEM fields to help build tomorrow’s workforce among the community.”