Eleven St. Joseph Catholic School sixth and seventh graders competed at the Regional Science and Engineering Fair on March 2, tieing for 2nd place overall in the middle school team division. At the Regional Science Fair, which includes public and private school students from Caddo, Bossier, De Soto, Red River, and Webster parishes, each student competes individually, but also as part of their school team.
After placing individually in their categories at the Regional Science and Engineering Fair, four students from St. Joseph Catholic School will compete in the Louisiana State Science and Engineering Fair in Baton Rouge on March 19-20. Sixth grader, Brooke Tuminello won second place in Material Sciences for her project testing whether temperature affects the strength of a magnet. Eve Burcz, seventh grade, examined the effect that both lunging and flat work have on horse’s heart rate, earning second place in the Animal Sciences category. Tuminello and Burcz will represent SJS in their categories at the State competition.
Seventh graders Colin Lirette and Nico Sangster won first and second place, respectively, in the Plant Science category at the Regional competition. Sangster presented the results to his question of whether a plant grows faster if it has earthworms in its soil. Lirette’s project, “Which type of wood makes the hottest fire?,” scored in the top 10% of all participants, qualifying him for Broadcom MASTERS which is the nation’s most prestigious Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) competition for middle school students. The Broadcom MASTERS, a program founded and produced by the Society for Science & the Public, seeks to inspire young scientists, engineers and innovators who will solve the grand challenges of the future.
Picture caption: St. Joseph Catholic School students, Brooke Tuminello and Colin Lirette, accept the trophy for the middle school team’s second place overall win at the Regional Science and Engineering Fair.