On Friday, Feb. 2, 2017, the Science Fair returned to Bryan Middle School. Science teacher Dave Spies enlisted the help of faculty, staff, and the Bryan PTO to reinstate the Science Fair after a long absence. Approximately 95 students participated and conducted experiments, tested their hypotheses, and communicated their findings on display boards.
“It was so exciting to see the students work hard in conducting their experiments and sharing their projects,” said Dr. Suzanne Chester, Principal. “From start to finish, the students produced and test creative, thought-provoking variables and hypotheses.”
Students conducted experiments from areas including biology, earth and environmental science, physical science, applied consumer science, and the open division. Within those categories, students created experiments that tested things such as the effect of soil types on plant height, the effect of different spreads on the outcome of chocolate chip cookies, and products that cleaned pennies the best.
Fifteen students were invited to advance to the Regional Fair on March 4 at Francis Howell Central. Eighth grader Grace Juan won first place for her experiment, “The Effect of pH Levels on the Hatch Rate of Brine Shrimp.”
“I was so surprised because I knew there were a lot of really good projects,” said Grace. “There was one particular project about electricity and its effects on different types of metal, which was done really well.” She became interested in the idea while attending the Joseph Baldwyn Academy in the summer of 2016, where she experimented with the pH levels of cabbage juice. In science class, Mr. Spies conducted an experiment using brine shrimp, which inspired her to do this experiment.
Grace Juan (and her shrimp) will be moving on to the Regional Fair on March 4.