APS Students Explore Physical Science, Engineering and Life Science during 2015 Science Fair

by Leslie Rivera

Qwantayvious Stiggers shows off his project, “Regenerating Articular Cartilage with Heparan Sulfate Hydrogels using Human Adipose Derived Stem Cells.”

Nearly 300 young scientists participated in the Atlanta Public Schools 2015 Science Fair January 27 – 29 at Coretta Scott King Young Women’s Leadership Academy.

Students in grades 3 through 12 presented original research and had the opportunity to showcase projects of interests ranging from which paper towels absorb liquid best to the regeneration of articular cartilage.

“The fair also allows students to engage in a project-based/problem-based extended learning opportunity. Students from around the district had an opportunity to meet STEM professionals during interviews and interact as they viewed project displays,” said Dr. Mashawn Duncan-Young, Atlanta Public Schools’ K-12 Science Coordinator.

The overall 2015 district winner is Amadou Bah, 12th grader at B.E.S.T. Academy High School. His research project was titled “Contact Dependency of Immune Cells and Endothelial Cells in Promoting Angiogenesis.”  Amadou’s sponsor, Mr. William Bagot, was instrumental in supporting this outstanding project.

Students from Wesley International Charter School compete at the 2015 APS Science Fair.
Students from Wesley International Charter School compete at the 2015 APS Science Fair.

The top five rankings for each grade level will be announced at the APS district award ceremony February 19 at Coretta Scott King Young Women’s Leadership Academy.

The ceremony begins at 6:30 p.m.

Student projects covered a range of disciplines such as life, engineering and physical sciences.

District winner Amadou Bah is among 26 students who will be sponsored by the district as they advance to the Georgia Science and Engineering Fair. Dr. Duncan-Young shared how the experience goes beyond excellence in science. “The Georgia Science Fair serves to not only recognize achievement but prepares students to become life-long problem solvers, critical thinkers and reflective learners,” explained Dr. Duncan-Young.

GSEF will be held March 26-28 in Athens, Georgia.

APS will also sponsor the top three winners as they advance to Intel ISEF (International Science and Engineering Fair) held May 10-15, 2015 in Pittsburgh, PA.  The event is the world’s largest pre-college science competition. High school students from over 70 countries, regions and territories showcase their independent research for an opportunity to win more than $5 million in prizes.

APS’ top 10 middle school winners also will be nominated to Broadcom Masters (Math, Applied Science, Technology, and Engineering Rising Stars). They will be able to compete for an opportunity to be among 30 finalists who will present original research in Washington, DC.  Finalists will also compete in team STEM challenges to demonstrate critical thinking and collaboration skills.

Closer to home, the Atlanta Science Festival will also reward the APS Elementary Division.  The top three projects for each grade level will receive Atlanta Science Festival T-Shirts, certificates and a visit to their school by a STEM professional.

Congratulations to all of APS’ young scientists!

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