Elementary school Science fair winners who will advance to the state level virtual Science fair. Pictured (from left) are Araoluwa Osimokun, Madelyn Sapp, Giuliana Pendola, Serah Ann Mobin and Raghav Garg (honorable mention).


Hundreds of students participate in the Iredell-Statesville Schools elementary, middle and high school science fair each year.

Winning projects from the I-SS science fair advanced to the regional level of competition. The regional competition, which was a virtual event this year, was held on February 13.

According to Kelly Hinson, director of Gifted Learning, International Baccalaureate and Online program, students participated in online ZOOM interviews with a panel of judges. Students had to answer multiple questions from the judges regarding their research and present their scientific findings through both presentation and a Quad Chart.

Four I-SS elementary school students who participated in the regional competition will advance to the state level virtual science fair competition in April:

• Third place – Elementary Chemistry: Araoluwa Osimokun, Lake Norman Elementary, “Got Milk? Get Plastic?”
• First Place – Elementary Earth and Environmental: Madelyn Sapp, Lakeshore Elementary, “Is Lake Norman Clean?”
• Second Place – Elementary Physics and Math: Giuliana Pendola and Serah Ann Mobin, Coddle Creek Elementary, “The Projectile Project”

Other recognitions at the elementary level include:

• Honorable Mention – Elementary Physics and Math: Raghav Garg, Coddle Creek Elementary, “Magnets with Different Temps”
• Special Awards Presented by the American Chemical Society – Third Place: Max Anderson, Lakeshore Elementary, “Hot Dog Mummies”

Junior level winners that will advance to the state virtual level competition. Pictured (from left) are I-SS school board members Charles Kelly and Doug Knight, and students Aashvi Shah, Maira Siddiqui and Elijah Palmeter.

Junior level winners who will advance to the state virtual level competition include:

• Second place – Junior Chemistry: Nicholas Moore, The Brawley School, “Masks and Oxygen.”
• Third place – Junior Biological Sciences: Brody McBride, The Brawley School, “Perceptions and Behaviors Affecting Climate Change.”
• First place – Junior Biological Sciences: Aashvi Shah, The Brawley School, “Pulmonary Response and Hyperglycemia.”
• Second place – Junior Physics and Math: Maira Siddiqui,The Brawley School, “Heat Transfer, what is the fastest method?”
• Third place – Junior Engineering: Elijah Palmeter, The Brawley School, “Which mask masks most?”

Senior level winners who will advance to the state virtual level include:

• Second place – Senior Chemistry: Sutharsika Kumar Kalaiselvi, South Iredell High, “Is your toothpaste best?”

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