Falmouth Academy science fair highlighted varied student interests


Falmouth Academy awarded scholarships and prizes to 65 students in the private school’s annual science fair, held last month. Representatives of organizations that included the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve participated in the judging.

Falmouth Academy is a grades 7-12, co-ed, independent day school attended by many Island students. For more information, go to falmouthacademy.org.

The following students from Martha’s Vineyard received awards:

Charlie Fenske, Edgartown, “Analysis of Wind Turbine Blade Design to Enhance Electricity Production in a Small Scale Wind Tunnel” (first place, and the H. Walcott Brown Award).

Gabriel Nadelstein, Vineyard Haven, “We’re Not in Kansas Anymore; the Effect of Different Materials on Tornado Formation” (fourth place).

Kayla Eddy, Vineyard Haven, “The Different Shock Absorbencies of Different Floors” (fourth place, and award for excellence in graphic presentation, second place).

Alexis Condon, Edgartown, “Does Sound Affect the Growth of Bacillus subtilis?” (fourth place).

Samuel Graber-Hahn, Vineyard Haven, “The Effect of Nutrient Source and Stoichiochemistry on Phytoplankton in Great Pond” (honorable mention).

Devin Waite, Vineyard Haven, “Ignition Times of Different Wood Types” (honorable mention).

Mackenzie Condon, Edgartown, “The Effect of Aluminum Products on Daphnia magna” (honorable mention).

Addy Hayman, Edgartown, “The Effect of Pocket Depth on the Velocity of a Lacrosse Ball” (honorable mention).

Phoebe Johnson, West Tisbury, “The Effect of Lavender Oil on Escherichia coli” (honorable mention).

Owen Bresnick, West Tisbury, “The Effect of Motor Oil on Brine Shrimp” (honorable mention).