- Cheltenham School District
Cedarbrook Students Compete in County, Regional Science Competitions
Cedarbrook Middle School students have been working tirelessly since September with Cedarbrook Challenge teacher Beth Kenna to prepare for this year’s “science fair competition season.” Completing a science fair project and performing at this level “is quite a challenge,” said Kenna.
Congratulations to the following students for their persistence and hard work: Maduara Boominathan, Kai Bosniak, Courtney Claxton, Victoria Crocker, Max Fulmor, Saqara Green, Matthew Greenidge, Lydia Hessel-Robinson, Ella Homa, Michael Jiang, Faith Lam, Alana Lewis, Fiona McMahon, Maymouna Ndoye, Priscilla Nguyen, Clare Rajapakse, Mark Rutkowski, Elad Shoham, River Somerville and Rheva Wolf.
At February’s Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science (PJAS) competition at Souderton Area High School, CBK students totaled 13 first-place finishes (including one perfect score), five second-place awards and one third-place finish. Students who earned first place awards at PJAS Regionals will attend the state-level competition at Penn State May 19-21.
In March, students presented projects at the Montgomery County Science Research Competition (MCSRC) and many came away with high honors, including one first place finish, two runners-up and three thirds and 13 special awards, that equated to hundreds of dollars in cash prizes and invitations to present projects at local venues. Cedarbrook was recognized as the competition’s No. 3 performing school.
In the Medicine and Health category, Clare Rajapakse earned first place with her project “Dissolution Efficiency of Pain Medications.” Her project led with, “Have you ever had a headache that refused to get better?” Rajapakse tested how the casing on a pill impacted the duration of it dissolution. After having an unshakeable headache, Rajapakse wanted to see what type of pill provided the fastest relief. She dissolved tablets, compressed caplets, gel caplets, soft-gels and extended-release pills in water, vinegar and bicarbonate. She found rapid-release pills, (tablets, compressed caplets and gel caplets) dissolved the fastest in vinegar, while long-term relief pills (soft gels and extended-release pills) dissolved the fastest in the bicarbonate. In other words, tablets, compressed caplets and gel caplets provide the fastest relief, while soft-gels and extended relief pills provide the strongest relief.
In the Behavior category, Faith Lam earned second place with her project examining what learning styles help students learn best, and River Somerville finished second on Consumer Science with her experiment “Oh Sugar! How Does the Type of Sugar Affect Sweetness?”
Third-place finishes went to Chengyun Jiang in the Computer category for his project Hacked? How Length & Randomness Affect PasswordSolving Time; Alana Lewis in the Microbiology category for her study of how wound healers affect bacterial growth; and Elad Shoham in Physics for his experiment “Science of Sound: Using Frequencies to Create a Water Wave.”
Rajapakse, Lam and Somerville all earned berths in the 74th Delaware Valley Science Fair on April 4, and Rajapakse earned an honorable mention in her category.