Competition was fierce this year, with over 125 students representing over 20 schools. With 9 first place slots, 5 second place slots, 5 third place slots and 5 honorable mentions, it is with great pleasure that I announce that Joshua Vilkas received an honorable mention at this year’s Broadcom MASTERS National Middle School Science and Engineering Competition, sponsored by the Long Island Science and Engineering Fair, Society for Science and the Public.
Joshua’s project compared the empathetic response between those subjects reading a news twitter feed versus those viewing the story via video. He chose a total of 50 subjects at random and broke them into two groups. After taking a subject’s resting heart rate with a pulse oximeter, Joshua compared this to their heart rate after either reading the tweet or viewing the video. The results of his experiment showed an increase in heart rate of about 0.2% for the group reading the news tweet and an increase of nearly 13% for the group viewing the video.
Congratulations Joshua on a job well done!
To all participants of this year’s LISEF,
As I’ve said many times over, every single one of you should be proud of your work. Mr. Lipp and I have seen how dedicated you were, how hard you’ve worked and how stressed you became to make sure you were prepared for this competition.
Regardless of whether or not you get a ribbon, an award, a pen- regardless of any of that, you have all taken great strides in your scientific education. Being a part of a competition that has fueled many a science career is a reward in itself. You were able to see other scientific inquiries, different engineering feats and broaden your scientific horizons.
Inside each of you, there is a seed of curiosity and we have nurtured it enough to see it start to grow. There are no losers this year. Not one. I absolutely mean that. I hope that you will continue to challenge yourself and allow you and your work to be judged critically by others. It is only then that you can really grow and better yourself as a person. I hope that no matter where you go to school in September of 2014, you will work hard towards LISEF again.
Thank you, from teacher to student, for allowing us, Mr. Lipp and myself, to watch you grow, struggle, and overcome the challenges you’ve faced during this competition. Please come to room 110 on Monday, March 17th for an extra surprise for a job well done.
Ms. Bly and Mr. Lipp