Every year, students from all over Palm Beach County participate in the Palm Beach Regional Science & Engineering Fair. Competing in the fair requires students to conceive, design, conduct, evaluate and report on a science experiment. Students begin by submitting a research proposal to their teacher for approval. The issues that must be included in the proposal include the environment, safety, participants, materials and real-world applications.
The fair’s 61st annual awards ceremony took place Thursday, Jan.18 at Santaluces High School. Eight Polo Park Middle School students were recognized as winners.
Rafael Casanova-Silva received an award from the Office of Naval Research for producing and presenting a quality science or engineering project. Maya Crawford received an award from the U.S. Air Force for producing and presenting a quality science or engineering project. Daniel Coley received an award from the U.S. Submarine Veterans of South Florida for producing and presenting a quality science or engineering project. Jennifer Stein and Rafael Casanova-Silva both received second-place awards in the category of chemistry, Sydney Showalter took a third-place award in the category of physics, and Ryan Snider received a third-place award in the engineering category. Ben Thaw and Daniel Coley were awarded fourth place in the categories of mathematics/computational systems and physics. Finally, Ben Bostwick and Maya Crawford received fourth-place awards in the engineering category.