by Emily Plowman

George Washington Carver, scientist, inventor, artist, musician, and humanitarian, as soon as stated, “There is no shortcut to achievement.” His assertion was definitely confirmed true by the laborious work and efforts set forth by a gaggle of Jenks center faculty students who competed within the 2021 George Washington Carver Science Fair, sponsored collectively by Temple University, The Academy of Natural Sciences, the School District of Philadelphia, and the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

The science fair evokes city youth to pursue tutorial accomplishments and careers in science and is open to all students in grades 4 by means of 12 who attend Philadelphia County public, constitution, parochial, and personal faculties, in addition to home-schooled students residing within the county.

Margaret Conway, a science trainer at Jenks Academy for the Arts and Sciences, led a gaggle of formidable students as they introduced tasks on-line to their courses.  Conway praised the students for improvising throughout their digital faculty yr stating that the students “rose to the occasion and excelled.” This is the sixth yr the center faculty students at Jenks have participated within the fair and so they have at all times positioned.

In January, shows had been chosen to maneuver ahead to the science fair and the students filmed their analysis and demonstrations. Finalists had been then chosen to take part in a Zoom occasion, which featured audio system from Temple University, and break-out rooms the place students may work with instructors from Temple in a extra intimate setting.

After analysis and appraisal, the winners had been introduced. The workforce of Eleanor Palmer, Clarissa Lanzas, and Sofia Bartoli-Wright (8th grade) earned the glory of 1st Place for his or her undertaking “Testing the Genes of Soybeans” with the speculation: “Do roundup-ready plants respond better to roundup than non-GMO plants and what is their effect on the environment?” 

They competed in opposition to 7th to 12th graders throughout Philadelphia County. Justin Fulton (6th grade) gained 2nd Place for Physics for his undertaking “Protecting Your Head” with the speculation: “A watermelon will break in a regular football helmet since it does not have extra protection and technology.”

This yr’s competitors additionally marks the third yr that Jenks students superior to the Delaware Valley Science Fair (DVSF). Each yr, practically 1,000 students in grades 6 by means of 12 from Pennsylvania, Southern New Jersey, and Delaware who place at regional gala’s take part in DVSF, the place practically $6 million in scholarship and prize cash is awarded to winners. This yr, the 8th grade workforce of Wright, Lanzas and Palmer, in addition to 6th grader Fulton, have all moved onto the DVSF, which might be held in April. 

For extra data on this yr’s George Washington Carver Science Fair see and for the Delaware Valley Science Fair, see

Emily Plowman belongs to the Friends of Jenks, a gaggle for fogeys of J.S. Jenks students.

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