(Smithtown, NY)…The coronavirus pandemic resulted in the first-ever virtual version of the annual Elementary School Science Fair by the US Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National Laboratory. In the past, the winners displayed their science projects in the lobby of the Suffolk County Legislature’s building for the Legislators and public to see during the Legislature’s General Meeting, at which time the Legislators recognized their respective students.
Students in kindergarten through sixth grade entered 129 science and engineering projects, which represented 38 elementary schools from across Suffolk County. Brookhaven Lab scientists, engineers, technical staff and teachers from local elementary schools judged the competition.
“I congratulate all of the students for participating in this annual science fair during the pandemic and commend all who made this project possible during this time. I am especially proud of those students who live in my legislative district and I will be giving them proclamations to recognize their achievement of being a BNL science winner,” said Suffolk County Legislator Rob Trotta (Fort Salonga, NY). The following students reside in the 13th Legislative District and won in their class:
Mia Trani, top honors, Third Grade, Fort Salonga Elementary School, “Housing the Homeless”
Evelyn Van Winckel, Honorable Mention, Kindergarten, Fort Salonga Elementary School, “Are Your Hands Clean?”
Agnes Van Winckel, Honorable Mention, Second Grade, Fort Salonga Elementary School, “The Flight of a Football”
Samuel Canino, Honorable Mention, Fourth Grade, RJO Intermediate School, “Riddle with Puck Shot”
Jack Gomez, Honorable Mention, Fourth Grade, RJO Intermediate School, “Infinipower”
Gavin Pickford, Honorable Mention, Fifth Grade, RJO Intermediate School, “Is This The Last Straw”