NHPS held its 18th annual citywide New Haven Science Fair

  The New Haven Public Schools held its 18th annual citywide New Haven Science Fair from Tuesday, May 15 to Thursday, May 17 at Yale University Commons. The fair featured the work of about 8,000 students from all of New Haven’s public schools. The science fair program included mentoring from university and community partners, as well as eleven Family Science Nights and over 15 school science fairs. Almost 700 of those students presented 250 projects on subjects ranging from the effect of energy drinks to cleaning up oil spills to creating biofuels and the best ways to tap wind, geothermal and other clean energy sources. The awards ceremony was held Thursday, May 17 at Battell Chapel.  Honorable Mention, First, Second and Third Place awards were given out in 26 categories, ranging from preK class projects up to high school individual projects in physical and biological sciences.  Over 35 special awards were also given out from community organizations with monetary awards, and special prizes (such as a telescope for an outstanding astronomy project to Mariah  Rivera from Barnard from the Astronomical Society of New Haven). Congratulations to all the students, educators, community members, and families for helping students see science as the key to their future! Complete list of projects and awardees can be found at www.newhavenscience.org/Awards2012.htm Also see the coverage at: http://www.newhavenindependent.org/index.php/archives/entry/truth_in_advertising_alert/           Counting the Stars   Mariah Rivera from the Barnard Environmental Studies School with Heidi Herrick, Planetarium Instructor at Yale's Leitner Family Observatory & Planetarium. This is the first project designed based on a field trip to the observatory.   Photo by Michael Marsland     Orange Ya Glad It's Bright?   Students from Hill Central School, Aliyeah Newman, Edwin Tenezaca, and Nevia Sang   Photo by Michael Marsland     Action Acne   Dr. Reginald Mayo, Superintendent of New Haven Schools, talking with students, Maya McFadden and Amanda Pereira from Nathan Hale School.   Photo by Michael Marsland