Aquebogue Elementary School’s Science Fair featured some student-produced “lava” lamps. (Credit: Melissa Azofeifa)

Gummy bears that develop, Peeps that melt and a “better battery battle” have been amongst the award-winning science projects at the 2023 science fair at Aquebogue Elementary College.

This year’s science fair — which took location final Wednesday afternoon — was slightly unique than earlier years’ fairs for two key motives.

This year’s fair incorporated participants from each the school’s new Junior Scientists club and guests from Riverhead Higher School’s Science Olympiad system, according to assistant principal Gary Karlson. 

The older students entertained the younger, would-be scientists by creating handmade lava lamps and creating clay with household components like cooking oil and meals dye. Members of the Olympiad group also walked via the fair checking out the projects and leaving encouraging notes on participating students’ projects.

“We collaborated this year to start off a Junior Scientists club as 1 of our right after-college applications to attempt to genuinely raise participation and genuinely engage students that had an interest, but wanted to be supported by the college,” Mr. Karlson mentioned, adding that the scientists club was launched final December. 

The club joins the broad roster of Aquebogue Elementary School’s right after-college enrichment system, which also consists of, amongst other folks, violin, ukulele, chess, indoor soccer and theater.

Mr. Karlson mentioned the system was initially restricted to a dozen students, but it is been expanded to accommodate 14 participants, who have been meeting weekly this year. 

Mr.Karlson mentioned that roughly ten% of extra than 450 students at the college participated in the science fair, although a complete half of the Junior Scientists club took portion in this year’s science fair.

“To know that 50% of the club students felt empowered to do a project outdoors of college — that tells us that there is one thing there that we have to continue to help.”

Ten students from the Riverhead Higher College Science Olympiad system attended the science fair, Mr. Karlson mentioned. 

  • Members of Riverhead Higher Schools Science Olympiad group preparing homemade play dough and lava lamps out of household products for participants of Aquebogue Elementary School’s Science Fair final Wednesday (Credit: Melissa Azofeifa)
  • President of Riverhead Higher school’s Science Olympiad group Jennifer Alonzo Moreno, leaving a message for a participant of Aquebogue Elementary School’s Science Fair final Wednesday (Credit: Melissa Azofeifa)
  • Initially grader James Sanders won very first location for his Blade Energy Project at final Wednesday’s Aquebogue Elementary College Science Fair(Credit Melissa Azofeifa)
  • Kindergartener William Hale won very first location for his Peep Melt project at final Wednesday’s Aquebogue Elementary College Science Fair (Credit: Melissa Azofeifa)

The Science Olympiads system advisor — physics and science analysis teacher Riley McHugh — mentioned the invitation for the club to participate in the science fair this year was extremely meaningful to them.

“It indicates a lot due to the fact it is providing back to the younger little ones in the neighborhood, displaying them what some of the older little ones can do in science and displaying them how cool science is,” he mentioned. “These are little ones who dedicate a lot to science, so it indicates a lot to give back and to show them how crucial science is.”

Olympiad group president and class of 2023 salutatorian Jennifer Alonzo Moreno mentioned she hopes her club’s presence at the fair inspires the younger generation to be involved.

“It shows that we genuinely like to be involved in our neighborhood and it shows that we genuinely want to be out there and be readily available for the younger little ones as well,” Ms. Alonzo Moreno mentioned. “Hopefully they can see this as a possible future in joining the club and joining other forms of clubs related to this, as lengthy as it piques their interests,” she mentioned.

The winners of the Aquebogue science fair are:


Initially location: William Hale  

Second location: Mason Smith 

Third location: Elias Reither 

Initially Grade

Initially location: James Sanders 

Second location: Gabriella Falcetta  

Third location was a 3-way tie involving Lena Fox, Mylah Zecena and Analee Huret Huertas.

Second grade

Kylie Shields won very first place 

Marilla Pendelton won second place 

Joanna Kosinski won third place 

Third Grade

Initially location: Konstantina Panagopulous 

Second location: Violet Zaleski 

Third location was a tie involving Alfredo Carrizal De Jesus and Sofia Martyniv.

Fourth grade

Initially location: Connor MacLeod 

Second location: Ryan Shields 

Third location was a 3-way tie involving Abigale Hale, Niko Panagopoulos and Savannah Kramer.

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