This last week, Canton students presented their research at the annual Connecticut Science and Engineering Fair (CSEF).
The CSEF is a statewide event open to all 7th through 12th grade students enrolled in Connecticut schools. An important objective of the program is to attract young people to careers in science and engineering while developing critical thinking skills. Through science fair participation, students are encouraged to pursue independent work using valid research methods. Over 120 school and regional fairs sent students to the CSEF who competed for 600 available slots at the state fair. The CSEF is supported by academic and industrial organizations throughout the state and a volunteer run event.
This year Canton High School had two projects earning distinction. Zachary Oliver, a Grade 12 student, was named a finalist for the Physical Science Senior High Award. Zach was asked to defend his research “Saxophone Overtones”, a study of the harmonic series of different types of saxophones, in an oral judging event and subsequently received the Connecticut Association of Physics Teachers $100 Senior Project Award and the Connecticut College Physics, Astronomy & & Geophysics Department award with a $150 cash prize.
John Solomon, also a Grade 12 student, received the Wisner Award , named after director Bob Wisner who studied electrical engineering and laser optics, with a $250 cash prize for his project for his research project entitled “Rhodamine 6G Dye Laser”, which involved the construction of a chemical dye laser from scratch.
Congratulations to both of these students for their research work and accomplishments this year!