The Milton J. Rubenstein Museum of Science and Technology (MOST) hosted its longest running program, the 36nd annual Central New York Science and Engineering Fair on Sunday, March 22, 2015 at the ARC Arena on the campus of Onondaga Community College in Syracuse, NY. The Science and Engineering Fair accepts projects from students in grades 4 -12 from public, private and home schooled students in Onondaga, Madison, Oswego, Cayuga, and Cortland counties.
Dave Eichorn, meteorologist with WSYR TV and Adjunct Professor at SUNY-ESF was the Master of Ceremonies. The Keynote Speaker was Dr. Mathew Maye an Associate Professor of Chemistry at Syracuse University.
Representing the Section as judges were Neal Abrams and Bob Fleischman.
This year, the Section had three “Best in Show” awards that were broken down by age groups, grades 4 - 6, 7 - 9 and 10 – 12. A $50 gift card to Barnes & Noble bookstores accompanied each award certificate. The award recognizes excellence in understanding or implementation of Chemistry principles.
Hanna Goldberg a 6th Grader from Syracuse Hebrew Day School was given the 5 – 7th Grade award for her project “Let it Glow: Effect of Temperature on Chemiluminescence”. Hanna also was a winner last year for her work on “Helping Frozen Toes: Catalyst on Exothermic Reaction” and also won the chemistry award last year from the local chapter of Alpha Chi Sigma, a professional co-educational fraternity at Syracuse University and SUNY ESF. The award recognizes outstanding accomplishments in fundamental or applied chemical engineering research.
The award for 7-9th grades went to Maximilian Du, a 7th grader from Eagle Hill Middle School. Maximillian’s project was titled “A new method of extracting and measuring caffeine from drinks and how caffeine affects the human body.” Maximilian developed his own method for liquid-liquid extraction using his in-home chemistry set and compared results to standard absorbance methods.
The 10 – 12th grade award was given to 11th grader Dominic Grasso from Skaneateles Senior High School for his work on “The nature of Mercury Bioaccumulation in Yellow Perch and Walleye”. Dominic’s project was carried out over the course of a summer, spanning from the field to the lab.
Neal Abrams, an ACS member since 2004, is a Past Chair for the local ACS Section. He is an Associate Professor at SUNY ESF since 2007. Neal is an inorganic chemist and teaches courses in general chemistry and renewable energy. His outreach activities extend from science fairs to leading professional development courses for teachers.
Bob Fleischman, an ACS member since 1986, is the current Treasurer for the local section and has been judging the Science Fair for over 10 years holding various positions as Junior, Senior and Special Awards judge. Bob is a graduate of LeMoyne College with a Bachelors of Science in Chemistry with a minor in Biology. He has been employed by EMD Millipore for 16 years as a Field Engineer.
The Central New York Science & Engineering Fair is always looking for people willing to serve as judges. The only requirements are an enthusiasm for science and technology and a willingness to share that enthusiasm with the student participants.
If you would like more information regarding the CNYESF, or would like to participate as judge, please contact Bob Fleischman at email@example.com.
Education Night was on June 12, 2013
Over 450 poems were received for the Chemists Celebrate Earth Day annual Illustrated Poem Contest from eight school districts in the Syracuse Section of American Chemical Society. School districts participating in this wonderful display of art, English, and science were: Bishop Ludden, Cazenovia, Chittenango, East Syracuse Minoa, Fayetteville-Manlius, Jordan-Elbridge, New York Mills, and Whitesboro. The local section winners are invited to the ACS Education Night for recognition and their entries are forwarded to the National Competition.
This year’s winners are:
K-2 division: Maura Leib – 2nd grade from Fremont Elementary School, East Syracuse, NY Teacher: Christine Rossignol
3-5 division: Bradley Herrington – 3rd grade from Fremont Elementary School, East Syracuse, NY Teacher: Beth Chavoustie
6-8 division: Holly Babcock – 6th grade from Pine Grove Middle School, East Syracuse, NY Teacher: Rick Moore
9-12 division: Katherine Babcock – 9th grade from East Syracuse Minoa High School, East Syracuse, NY Teacher: Tess McKinney
Thank you to this year’s judges: Rob Stankavage, John Fleischman, Elizabeth Mitchell, Joy Logan, and Alyssa Thomas.