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|2015 Sandshore Science Fair Winners: bottom row, Akash Gopal, Imani Kurwa, Leah Jones, Nadia Rock, Robert Galante, and Armiani Kurwa; second row, Gabriella Harmon, Gianna De Maria, Mishel Kurt, Ava Tabaranza, Armaan Shankar, Ryan Lessing, and Sakket Kularni; top row, principal Nicole Musarra, Olivia Aghabi, Tejashree Nagaraj, Jessica Battista, Katarina Nikiforonk, Nicola D'Amico III, Aditya Patnaik, and science fair chairperson Jenevieve D'Amico|
Sandshore's Fifth Annual Science Fair
Nearly 60 Sandshore students participated in the school’s recent science fair. The young scientists, ranging in grades from K-5, showed off their knowledge of the scientific method with experiments ranging from solar ovens to elephant toothpaste.
The fair also featured exhibits and demonstrations from a number of community businesses and corporations. BASF brought in a candy chemistry lab, for example, and Siemens demonstrated the law of reflection. The students also enjoyed educational materials from the dietitian at Shoprite of Flanders and Donaldson Farms. Highview Farms, though, was unquestionably the big hit of the fair. Highview brought baby chicks and rabbits, and allowed children to plant some seeds for gardening season.
The Mad Science of Morris County also had a hands-on display table that engaged students with fun activities.
There were first, second, and third place winners at each grade level in addition to a Kids Choice and Judge's Choice Award. Kids Choice was awarded to second-grader Nadia Rock for her elephant toothpaste experiment. Judges Choice was awarded to fourth-grader Stephen Mickus for his conductivity project. Prizes were given to those students who scored the highest in their grade level. Prize sponsors included Adventure Aquarium, LOMB and Aspen Ice, Mount Olive Carnival, and Jenkinsons.
At the conclusion of the fair, all participants received certificates of achievement along with goody bags filled with ice cream from Rita’s and Da’s Creamery, free lunches at Chili’s, pencils, bracelets, free tickets to the Liberty Science Center, and toothbrushes, toothpaste, and floss compliments of Dr. Maryse Manasse of Budd Lake.
This was the school’s fifth annual science fair. The event, sponsored by the Sandshore Home and School Partnership (SHSP), was started by Jenevieve D’Amico, Liz Ouimet, and Nicole Mullin in 2011.