Dorchester Science Fair and STEM Festival

Pictured are Dr. Paula Brown, overall winner Sara Mills and Lorenzo Hughes, assistant superintendent of instruction.

Pictured are Dr. Paula Brown, overall winner Sara Mills and Lorenzo Hughes, assistant superintendent of instruction.

On April 28, Dorchester County families and Dorchester County Public School staff came together to celebrate students in grades 6, 7, & 8 for their accomplishments at the DCPS Science Fair and STEM Festival. For the first time, a STEM Festival component was incorporated into the festivities; the STEM Festival event served as a kickoff to the announcement of winners.

The STEM Festival activities were courtesy of our very own DCPS Project Lead The Way teacher, Ji Park, who teaches at North Dorchester Middle School; and Discovery Education representatives, David Robbins and Cynthia Marbley.

This year, the criteria were much more STEM-focused – honing in on students’ ability to solve problems and work as a team. Middle school students were allowed to work on their own or as a group. Students were rewarded for their hard work, for each grade level was awarded a first place prize in the individual category, as well as a first place prize in the group category. This year’s first place winners were awarded the ultimate STEM prize, a brand new tablet. The project of the year recipient also received gift cards to purchase STEM apps and a case for her new tablet. Science Fair ribbons were awarded to first place, second place, third place, and honorable mention participants. Everyone who made it to the district level received a certificate of participation, and partook in the Science Fair Incentive Field Trip that took place May 25, 2016 (Mace’s Lane Middle School) and May 26, 2016 (North Dorchester Middle School and South Dorchester K – 8 School) at Horn Point Laboratory.

This year’s district science fair winners are as follows:

At the 6th grade level, in the individual category:

Honorable Mention: Rachael Albert, NDMS
3rd Place: Jackson Tieder, SDS
2nd Place: Isaac Copper, MLMS
1st Place: Joshua Suggs, SDS
At the 6th grade level, in the group category:
Honorable Mention: Courtney Harrington & Jenna Linthicum, SDS
3rd Place: Alexis Shoemaker & Caitlyn Taylor, NDMS
2nd Place: Liberty Matthews & Raven Molock, NDMS;
Sydney Bradfield & Cartney Jarrell, NDMS
1st Place: Curstin Carpenter & Amber Anthony, NDMS
At the 7th grade level, in the individual category:
Honorable Mention: Brice Bromwell, SDS
3rd Place: Samuel Colman, MLMS
2nd Place: Joseph Sullivan, NDMS
1st Place: Jenna Fairbanks, MLMS
At the 7th grade level, in the group category:
Honorable Mention: Madison Pleasant & Rachel Widmaier, NDMS
3rd Place: Jade Ruark & Alexandra Schwarz, SDS

2nd Place: Skye Adshead & Miranda Smith, NDMS

1st Place: Cole Gibbs & Seth Mackert, NDMS
At the 8th grade level, in the individual category:
Honorable Mention: Samuel Slacum, Jr., SDS
3rd Place: Sarah Brooks, SDS
2nd Place: Briana Bradshaw, NDMS
1st Place: Sara Mills, SDS
At the 8th grade level, in the group category:
Honorable Mention: Michelle Barnes & Danielle Cowan, MLMS
3rd Place: Kayley Bradley, Olivia Santos, & Justus Smith, NDMS
2nd Place: Garrett Barnes & Jacob Murphy, NDMS
1st Place: Frederick Kirsch & Kane Schwarz, SDS
The overall winner and project of the year recipient was Sara Mills with the project entitled, “Arsenic in Water.”
A special thank you goes out to the DCPS middle school science teachers: Karen Bowers (NDMS); Angela Bozman (MLMS); Stacey Brown (MLMS); Kim Castle (NDMS); Allen Dietrich (MLMS); Julie Harp (MLMS); Wynne Moyers (NDMS); John Prekrel (MLMS); Cheyenne Roache (MLMS); and Sherry Todd (SDS). Congratulations to all the students and stay tuned for the details surrounding next year’s event.

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