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Grade 8 biosuit projects were judged based on knowledge, presentation and display during the first Science & Technology Expo at Watervliet Jr./Sr. High School. The Science Expo was made possible through a donation from Kids Count.

Grades 7-12 students showcase projects during first Science and Technology Expo at WJSHS


On May 17, students participated in the first annual Watervliet Junior/Senior High School Science and Technology Expo. Junior and senior high school students from various disciplines participated in the event, which was sponsored by Kids Count. View Science Expo Photo Gallery on Facebook

The Science & Technology Expo offered several teams of Science 8 honors students the opportunity to present the extreme biosuit projects they have been working on throughout the year. A biosuit consists of protective gear that is worn to shield the body from extreme elements, biological or chemical agents. This project required students to use the engineering design process to develop a suit that would help protect scientists as they complete the following tasks:

  oil pipeline engineer who needs to deconstruct and reconstruct a damaged underwater pipeline;

  a glaciologist who needs to collect rock samples frozen in a large chunk of ice underwater;

  a deep sea biologist who needs to collect specimen from the dark ocean floor to be researched in a lab; and

  a hazardous material engineer who needs to remove oil from a body of water while also trying to save wildlife affected by the spill.

Throughout the project students researched existing biosuits (spacesuits, diving suits, hazmat suits), decided on team roles, researched the challenges of their specific environment and career, predicted and tested their body's response to the environment, created a draft model, designed a budget, met with other teams to receive peer feedback, and redesigned their biosuit. Students then collaborated on a google slide show and tri-fold poster board to present their findings.

Other science projects featured in this inaugural Science Expo included: sour power (using lemons to power a light bulb), DNA (molecule comparison), the sun (how long would earth last without it?), the effects of pesticides on bees, how the human heart works and veterinary science.

“We look forward to the Science Expo becoming a new tradition at Watervliet Junior-Senior High School,” said Science and Technology Department Chair Walter Bowden.

2018 WJSHS Science and Technology Expo Awards

     Junior High Winning Group: Alaskan Biosuit Project
- Aaron Ethier
- Daniel Baughn
- Ayden Spenard
- Ella Bendon

     Junior High Runner-Up: Pacific Ocean Biosuit Project
- Abby Winaroski
- Zed Dinoy
- Tyleaha Edge
- Brandon Fitzgerald
- Khalise Graves

     Junior High Best Presentation: Gulf of Mexico Biosuit Project
- Tyler Senecal
- Aaliyah Lennon
- Megan Polaro
- Kamryn Dittly

     Junior High Best Display: Antartica (extreme cold) Biosuit Project
- Patience Ploof
- Elijah Mallory
- Matthew Martini

     High School Winning Group: Sour Power
- Jordanne Brazie
- Brianna Masse
- Morgan DelSignore

     High School Runner-Up: Egg Splatter
- Michael Karner
- Anthony Dinh

     High School Best Presentation: Can Aloe Prevent Mold Growth in Strawberries?
- Jacob Personnius
- CJ Grimmick
- Samad Abdul
- Mohammad Kaurejo

     High School Best Display: DNA Identifier – Electrophoresis
- Avery Smith
- Nathan Smeltzer
- Chayce Whitney
- Elle Garci

More science news

In other news, a new initiative in the Living Environment classes this year involves partnering with the City of Watervliet to discuss urban forestry. The city, in conjunction with Murphy Foundation Consulting Services, received a grant to study the impacts of urban forestry. During the ecology unit in Living Environment classes, information provided by the grant study will be used to highlight the local impacts of invasive species, habitat loss, and human impacts on the environment.

This month, two scholarships will be awarded to deserving grade 11 science students. The RPI Medal guarantees the recipient a $25,000 per year merit scholarship for four years if he or she enrolls at RPI. The Bausch + Lomb Science Scholarship provides outstanding high school juniors the opportunity to receive at least $10,000 per year if they decide to attend the University of Rochester. Stay tuned for the exciting announcement of this year’s winners!