New Haven Public School Students Win Science Fair Awards

Thursday, March 24, 2011
Christopher Hoffman
                 Two New Haven public school students won awards last weekend at the Connecticut State Science Fair.
                 Max Pelloth, a High School in the Community student, took top honors in the environmental/energy project from New Haven category with his project "Wind Generator Efficiency.” Jake S. Jenkins III, a student at Engineering and Science University Magnet School, received a special award from the American Society for Metals for his project "Material vs. Magnetism".
                A total of 18 city public school students entered 14 projects in the fair held at Quinnipiac University. They represented five schools: Betsy Ross Arts Magnet, High School in the Community, Engineering Science and University Magnet School, Wilbur Cross High School, and Worthington Hooker School.
                 Other students entering projects were: Alexander Castro, Samantha Z. Oliver, Sarah G. Sugrue, Ashley R. Velleco, Jian Gao, Tarpley Hitt, Alessandra Hogan, Esther E. Rose-Wilen, Jarret Moyer, Andrew B. Suzuki, Lea R. Winter, Lily Engbith, Clara Y. Hitt, Reina Matsuura, Alexander I. Lomakin and Madeline A. Miranda.
                “The New Haven public schools are proud of the students who worked hard on science fair projects and did well at the competitive state science fair,” New Haven Science Supervisor Richard Therrien said. “Thousands of city students will be honing their scientific inquiry skills as they work on science fair projects for the upcoming city fair. Conducting experiments and analyzing and communicating results are all important skills that the New Haven schools emphasize through our Science Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) initiative. STEM is vital in preparing students for college and the workplace.”
                 More than 6,000 New Haven public school students are participating in science fair projects this year, culminating with the New Haven City Science Fair May 11 at Yale Commons. Students are excited to present projects that they have worked on throughout the school year, Thierren said.
                New Haven Public Schools are committed to cutting-edge STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) programs and curriculum to prepare students for further education in these areas.  Students will need these skills to compete in the 21st century, Thierren said.